Award-winning historian Jeanne Theoharis debunks contemporary imaginings of the civil rights movement in her new book, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. By showing how the movement was unpopular, disruptive, coast-tocoast, leader-full, and courageously persevering in its time, Theoharis challenges exceptionalist narratives of American democracy that place the civil rights movement firmly in the past and calls attention to the crucial work that remains to be done.
JEANNE THEOHARIS is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and author or co-author of books and articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, and social welfare and civil rights in post-9/11 America. Her biography, “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” was named one of the 25 Best Academic Titles of 2013 by Choice. Theoharis’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, The Nation, Slate, The Atlantic, Boston Review, Salon, The Intercept, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book, “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History,” came out in January.
This week’s shared charity is the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, founded in 2001 to promote leadership and activism among young women. The program is designed to strengthen, empower, and equip young women as agents for change in their lives and in the world.
Presider: Steve Serling
Shared Charity: Sadie Nash Leadership Project