This new series of weekly posts to H-South aims to track informed public discussions of southern history and civil rights. To recommend a reading, please email Dr. Michele R Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s news is focused on coverage of the Coronavirus and protests around the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade. Here are some news stories that link the current crises to southern history and civil rights:
The Washington Post reports on a court victory for Florida voting rights, after the governor and state legislature tried to weaken a state constitutional amendment passed overwhelmingly by the citizens.
Danielle Citron and Mary Anne Franks write in the Harvard Law Review Blog on the threats that COVID-19 pose to civil rights.
Davis Vanguard, a watch-dog group, has a piece written by US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on HR 40, legislation to establish a commission to study the issues surrounding African American civil rights and make proposals for reparations.
And in book news, the Lillian Smith Book Award was presented to Brandon K Winford for John Hervey Wheeler, Black Banking, and the Economic Struggle for Civil Rights.
Until next week, stay well
Michele “Scout” Johnson