A Centennial Celebration of the History of Civil Rights

16 03 2010

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals: “A Centennial Celebration of the History of Civil Rights,” Hattiesburg, Mississippi, October 21-23, 2010. Submission deadline: June 1, 2010

As part of The University of Southern Mississippi’s centennial celebration, the Center for the Study of the Gulf South and the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage seek paper and panel proposals that examine the long Civil Rights Movement (ca. 1865-the present). The Center welcomes proposals from all disciplines.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the site of the conference, played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1962, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) began one of its first voter registration projects in Hattiesburg. In 1964, the city had the largest and most active Freedom Summer project in the state. The Delta Ministry and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party were also active in the area. Several veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, including author Charles Cobb and longtime activist Hollis Watkins, will discuss their experiences as a part of the conference. Under the aegis of the university, the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage has developed one of the nation’s premier collections of materials related to the Civil Rights Movement (www.usm.edu/oralhistory/). In addition to examining the University’s history during the Civil Rights Movement, this conference will assess the broader Freedom Struggle from Reconstruction to the present.

Please send proposals (300 words per paper) and curriculum vitae to Curtis Austin, Department of History, The University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive #5047, Hattiesburg, MS 39406. Submissions may also be sent by e-mail to Curtis.J.Austin@usm.edu. Individual paper proposals and complete sessions are welcome. Proposals are due by June 1, 2010. We will announce the program by August 1, 2010.

Dr. Curtis J. Austin
Department of History
The University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Email: curtis.j.austin@usm.edu