The Between Love and Hate theme presents “An Evening with Dr. Charles McKinney” on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6-8 p.m. in Bentley 135.
McKinney’s talk will focus on the politics of gender and race in organizing and electoral politics. His visit is part of the “Protest, Politics, and Perception” theme for the Between Love and Hate theme.
McKinney is the Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of History at Rhodes College. His research interests include the Civil Rights Movement, and the exploration of local movements in particular. His focus has worked to illuminate the under-researched phenomenon of mass-based protest and community struggle that takes place far removed from the urban centers of the South. McKinney has written a number of articles focusing on school desegregation, electoral politics and the central role of women in the construction of freedom movements.
He is the author of Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2010); “Finding Fannie Corbett: Black Women and the Transformation of Civil Rights Narratives in Wilson, North Carolina” in Local Studies and the Black Freedom Struggle: Creating a New Narrative of the Movement, edited by Emilye Crosby (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011); “Democratic Intent? The Perils and Promise of Constitutional Reform in the New South.” Charleston Law Review, vol. 3, no. 2 (Summer 2009); and “Jim Crowed – Democracy Betrayed: African Americans in the Jim Crow South,” in Alton Hornsby, ed., A Companion to African American History (London: Blackwell, 2005), 271-282.
His current project, Losing the Party of Lincoln: George Washington Lee and the Struggle for the Soul of the Republican Party, explores the life and career of George Washington Lee, an African American Republican operative and civil rights activist who lived in Memphis in the middle of the 20th century.