From Boss Crump to King Willie: How Race Changed Memphis Politics

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A Conversation with Otis Sanford

The city of Memphis underwent significant
changes in the 20th century, none more so
than the political transformations caused by
the Civil Rights Movement and the broader push
for political power among African Americans.
In this engaging event, celebrated Memphis
journalist and University of Memphis professor
Otis Sanford – the author of an acclaimed new
book on the subject – will discuss this crucial
aspect of the city’s history and its contemporary
repercussions. He will be joined in conversation
by Rhodes professors Charles McKinney (History,
Africana Studies) and Michael Nelson (Political
Science) for an engaging and provocative

A book signing will follow the event.

This event is free and open to the public.
No reservations are required.