Civil Rights in 19th Century Zoom Lecture

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Thursday February 25

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7:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

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Movement: Atlanta's Journey to Leadership in the Quest for Civil and Human Rights – 2.25.21/7pm

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if !supportLists]-->·     endif]-->How Black Atlantans' Activism in the late 19th Century laid the foundation for Atlanta's role in the Civil Rights Movement in the mid- 20th century.

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Public Historian and scholar Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris is currently Chair of the Humanities Division of Morehouse College and Professor of Africana Studies. She is also the convener of the Committee to Commemorate the Atlanta Student Movement, which has developed the Atlanta Student Movement Initiative to share the stories and lessons of student activism of the 1960s with young activists fighting against social injustices of today. This initiative includes a series of intergenerational conversations launched this fall as well as an outdoor exhibition and symposium planned for Spring 2021.


Dr. Myrick-Harris began her work as a public historian as curator for the APEX Museum initially while an Emory University graduate student in the 1980s. She curated the exhibitions Auburn Avenue Street of Pride and Benjamin Mays: A Legend Unveiled. In more recent years, she curated the exhibit Blacks in Georgia Politics for the APEX. Her other public history projects include Atlanta in the Civil Rights Movement, a web exhibit, historical context essay and database resource for the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE). Her essays about Atlanta’s role in the Movement were published in the American Historical Association publication(See: The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta, 1880-1910 and Atlanta in the Civil Rights Movement (Part Two) She also was co-curator of the exhibition Red Was the Midnight: the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot. Earlier this year, she completed a study for the National Park Service entitled How They Lived, which focuses on the last home of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. and the childhood home of Maynard H. Jackson, Jr., the first black mayor of Atlanta, GA. These homes sit side-by side on Sunset Avenue in Northwest Atlanta. 


 Dr. Myrick-Harris” publications also include Perspectives on Exemplary Transformational Leadership Among Presidents at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, (2014); “Call the Women: The Tradition of African American Female Activism in Georgia During the Civil Rights Movement,” in the book Southern Black Women in the Modern Civil Rights Movement, (2013); and “Behind the Scenes: Two Women of the Free Southern Theater,” a chapter in the groundbreaking volume Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers & Torchbearers, 1941-1965 (1995).


The educator earned a Ph.D. in American Studies (African American Studies Emphasis) from Emory University, Master’s degree in News-Editorial Journalism from The Ohio State University, and B.A. degree in English from Morris Brown College.