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Join the Ash Center for a discussion with Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor at Ohio State University. Jeffries teaches undergraduate and graduate seminars on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement. His book, Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt, tells the remarkable story of the ordinary people and college age organizers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) who ushered in the Black Power era by transforming rural Lowndes County, Alabama from a citadel of violent white supremacy into the center of southern black militancy.
Jeffries will survey the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, focusing on how learning our history can help us not repeat the mistakes of the past. Jordan Maitland (MPP ’18) and Seth Nelson (MPP ’18) will moderate.
Jordan and Seth will be leading a trek with 17 other students to the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama later this month. They will be exposing students who have never visited Alabama to civil rights history in Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma and help provide a greater understanding of how that history can inform their practice in future policymaking jobs.
The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students, faculty, fellows, and alumni whose research or other academic work is supported by the Ash Center. The series is a forum to discuss new ideas, innovative work, and ongoing projects that are related to the Ash Center's mission to make the world a better place by advancing excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion.