The city of Memphis has been a center of the long journey towards Black freedom since its beginning. Key campaigns from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond have shaped the city’s history and transformed the world. In this conversation, we discuss that history and celebrate the acclaimed 2018 collection An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee. Please join us as the book’s co-editors, Aram Goudsouzian and Charles McKinney, and several of its contributors spotlight crucial and often underappreciated people, events and stories that have shaped one of the most significant parts of our city’s identity.
• Aram Goudsouzian, Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Memphis
• Charles McKinney, Associate Professor of History and Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies, Rhodes College
• Beverly G. Bond, Associate Professor of History, University of Memphis
• Charles L. Hughes, Director, Turley Memphis Center, Rhodes College
• Elton H. Weaver III, Assistant Professor of History, LeMoyne-Owen College
A book signing will follow the event.
This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.