Rosa Parks Scholar to launch USC Civil Rights Center Series on Women in the Civil Rights Movement

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Building upon the recent “Justice for All” exhibit housed in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections library, the University of South Carolina’s Center for Civil Rights History and Research is hosting a November “Women in the Civil Rights Movement” programming series to share perspectives about the critical roles women played in civil rights struggles in South Carolina and around the nation.  Launching the series is Dr. Jeanne Theoharis who will give a talk entitled: “Revisiting Rosa Parks in the Age of Black Lives Matter.” She will speak on Monday, November 4 at 6:00 PM in the University's Russell House ballroom, 1400 Greene Street, Columbia, SC 29208. A book-signing and light refreshments will follow her presentation.  Parking is available in the Bull Street Parking Garage, 611 Bull Street.

Dr. Theoharis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of CUNY, is a scholar of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements and the politics of race and education.  Her works include The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, winner of a 2014 NAACP Image Award and the Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians as well as A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History, winner of the 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for Nonfiction.  Dr. Theoharis will discuss Rosa Parks’ life-long career of activism and organizing before and after she sits down on a Montgomery bus in 1955.

Other speakers in the series include textile artist Patricia Montgomery of Oakland, California and Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, the James and Wanda Lee Vaughn Endowed Professor of History at Arkansas State University. Ms. Montgomery is an accomplished artist who has created and exhibited quilted swing coats memorializing women in the Civil Rights Movement, including Charleston native Septima P. Clark.  Dr. Jones-Branch, a native of Charleston, is a respected historian who will discuss women’s interracial activism in South Carolina with particular attention on the career of Columbia native Modjeska Monteith Simkins.

For more information, contact Jonathon Johnson, University of South Carolina, Center for Civil Rights History & Research, at or call (803) 777-2220.

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