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Feb. 24: Professor Driskell discusses groundbreaking book

FREDERICK, Md.—A Hood College professor will discuss his recently released book at a reception and book signing Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. on the reading porch on the second floor of the College's Beneficial-Hodson Library and Technology Center.

Schooling Jim Crow: The Fight for Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School and the Roots of Black Protest Politics, by Jay Driskell, assistant professor of history, tells the story of a little-known 1919 campaign by Atlanta's black voters to force the city to build five black grammar schools and the city's first publicly funded black high school. The groundbreaking book reveals how they did it and why it matters.

Driskell has taught at Hood College since 2010; prior to that he taught at the University of Arizona. He is the author of a number of book reviews and other shorter publications, as well as a chapter in a book of essays, The Human Tradition and the Civil Rights Movement. His work has also appeared in Jacobin Magazine and in Salon. He has given talks on civil rights and the 19th century labor movement, and organized a number of panels relating to these topics. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees at Yale University.

For more information, contact Len Latkovski, professor of history, at