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Author, civil rights scholar is featured Black History Month speaker

Thursday, February 16, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—The role of women in the modern civil rights movement will be the topic of a lecture Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. at Hood College.

The event, which marks Black History Month, will be held in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

Emilye Crosby, Ph.D., award-winning author, civil rights movement scholar and professor of history at State University of New York Geneseo, will give a talk entitled "Anything I Was Big Enough to Do: Women in the Civil Rights Movement." Based on her current research she will discuss how the history of women in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, has traditionally been portrayed, and show how a better understanding of their experiences inform a more accurate insight into that organization and the civil rights movement.

Crosby, who is currently serving as a visiting scholar at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University, is also the author of "A Little Taste of Freedom." The book was supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and earned an honorable mention for the Organization of American Historians' Liberty Legacy award and a McLemore Prize by the Mississippi Historical Society.

For more information, contact Jay Driskell, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, at driskell@hood.edu.