Rhodes and Memphis on “Landmarks of American History Workshop” Stops

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Publication Date: 6/18/2008


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Dr. Russell Wigginton ’88 and Dr. Charles McKinney of Rhodes College will be among presenters at the Landmarks of American Democracy Workshop held at the National Civil Rights Museum June 19-20 and June 26-27.

McKinney will present lectures titled “Memphis, Tennessee and the Confluence of Labor and Civil Rights: The Sanitation Workers’ Strike” and “African-Americans and Activism in Memphis, Tennessee.” Wigginton will moderate an oral history panel of civil rights leaders in Memphis. Wigginton is Vice President for College Relations, and McKinney is Assistant Professor of History.

The workshop, designed for community college educators from across the country and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, includes tours of important civil rights landmarks in Jackson, Mississippi, the Delta region and Memphis.

The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy at Jackson State University and Rhodes College are co-hosts for the workshop lasting through June 28. Guest speakers and oral history panelists will guide participants in exploring the people, places, and events that helped bring about civil rights reform. The workshop also features extensive readings on the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Sites on the Memphis Civil Rights Landmarks Tour include the Tri-State Defender, W.C. Handy Home, Clayborn Temple, First Baptist Beale Street Church, Mason Temple, and Elmwood and Zion Christian cemeteries.