Southern History and Civil Rights in the News 14 August 2020

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Southern History and Civil Rights in the News

14 August 2020


Probably the biggest news this week is that for the first time in our country’s history, a woman of color is on the presidential ticket of one of our two major parties. Although acknowledging a debt to other African American women, such as Shirley Chisolm and Carole Mosely Braun, Kamala Harris, tapped as Vice Presidential nominee by Joe Biden, the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, is the first African American woman, as well the first woman of South Asian descent to make a major party ticket. The New York Times has a background article here.  And if you want to know more about Chisolm’s and Braun’s historic runs (and historic careers) here is a 2012 article from the Los Angeles Sentinel, LA’s premiere African American newspaper, and this article from NBC News, with a broader focus, that was published this week.


As we also mark the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment this year, here is a look back at the African American women who worked to bring that act to fruition, despite pushback from misogynist men and white supremacist women, from The Washington Post.


Three civil rights attorneys take a look to our nation’s first civil rights law, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and how it could be refashioned into even stronger protection, here, from The Atlantic.


The Princeton University Department of African American Studies posted a piece by Eddie Glaude, Jr, James S McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton, “The Vow James Baldwin Made to Young Civil Rights Activists,” which you can read here.


California State University—Dominguez Hills was granted a bequest this week of perhaps the largest private collection of African American history, as noted in the Gardenia Valley News (CA). You can read about the gift of the collection of over two million pieces, here.


And finally, H-South’s own Bennett Parten, has a piece in The Washington Post on college football’s current dilemma in the context of its racist past. You can read that here.


Until next week, stay well,


Michele “Scout” Johnson

Editor, H-South


This series of weekly posts to H-South, “Southern History and Civil Rights in the News,” aims to track informed public discussions of southern history and civil rights. To recommend a reading, please email Dr. Michele Johnson at