McKinney Wins Prestigious Award From Historical Society of North Carolina
Publication Date: 10/5/2011
Dr. Charles McKinney Jr., associate professor of history at Rhodes, is the winner of the 2011 R.D.W. Connor Award for outstanding article in the North Carolina Historical Review.
McKinney’s essay, “Multiple Fronts: The Struggle for Black Educational and Political Equality in Wilson, North Carolina, 1941-1953,” was published in January 2011 in volume 88 of the journal. The article grows out of McKinney’s research on the Civil Rights Movement in Wilson, North Carolina and chronicles the variety of ways in which civil rights activists worked for “greater freedom” in the decade before the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
McKinney has been invited to attend the Historical Society of North Carolina’s annual meeting in Charlotte this month to receive the award, which carries a cash prize. He also will be recognized at the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association later in the year.
Sponsored by the Historical Society of North Carolina, the Connor Award has been given annually since 1953, and McKinney joins a long line of distinguished winners. The North Carolina Historical Review, established in 1924, is one of the South’s oldest and most prestigious historical journals.