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Movement: Atlanta’s Journey to Leadership in the Quest for Civil and Human Rights

Watch as Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris discusses:

  • How Black Atlantans’ Activism in the late 19th Century laid the foundation for Atlanta’s role in the Civil Rights Movement in the mid- 20th century
  • Why Atlanta emerged as a major incubator of prominent black leaders and headquarters for national civil rights organizations
  • Little known Black women leaders in Atlanta during the height of the Civil Rights Movement

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Public Historian and scholar Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris is currently Chair of the Humanities Division of Morehouse College and Professor of Africana Studies. She is also the convener of the Committee to Commemorate the Atlanta Student Movement, which has developed the Atlanta Student Movement Initiative to share the stories and lessons of student activism of the 1960s with young activists fighting against social injustices of today. This initiative includes a series of intergenerational conversations launched this fall as well as an outdoor exhibition and symposium planned for Spring 2021.
The educator earned a Ph.D. in American Studies (African American Studies Emphasis) from Emory University, Master’s degree in News-Editorial Journalism from The Ohio State University, and B.A. degree in English from Morris Brown College.

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