Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Renowned scholar and author Charles McKinney to speak on civil rights movement during talk at OU-C

Charles McKinney, Jr., Ph.D., will serve as the Kennedy Lecture Series speaker at Ohio University-Chillicothe at 11 a.m. on Feb. 10 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. McKinney will speak on “Seeing the Unseen: Grappling with Race, History and the Fierce Urgency of Now.” His talk will include a question-and-answer session.

Professor McKinney is the Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. He is author of Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina. McKinney has spoken and written widely, particularly on the development of the civil rights movement in rural North Carolina. He has appeared on CNN as well as published an op-ed piece in USA Today.

McKinnney teaches a variety of courses that focus on the African-American experience in the United States. He notes that he has long been fascinated by the under-researched phenomenon of mass-based protest and community struggle that occur in places far removed from the urban centers of the South.

Professor McKinney earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., and both his master’s and doctoral degree from Duke University.

The event, which is sponsored by the OU-C cultural affairs committee, also commemorates Black History Month.

The Kennedy Lecture Series strives to bring esteemed speakers to campus to share their perspectives and insights. The lecture series supports the campus’ emphasis on providing area residents with activities that add to the richness and vibrancy of the campus and local community. 

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