Civil Rights

5:50 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Miles Vanderhorst Lynk

Dr. Miles Vanderhorst Lynk

Miles Vanderhorst Lynk had an historic career, pioneering for minority rights in the Mid-South medical community. 

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11:25 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Amy Wood On Lynching, Anti-Lynching, And Honoring A Legacy

Credit UNC Press

Host Jonathan Judaken talks with author and professor Amy Wood about her book, Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940.  In her book, "Wood examines how lynching, as a spectacle, borrowed much from the practice of public executions that still occurred in the early 1900s. Lynching was also shaped by the traditions of evangelical Christianity.

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Mid-South News
5:57 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Civil Rights Educator Maxine Smith Dies At 83

Maxine Smith (left) and Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis (right) on their way to a jail cell on Dec. 12, 1969. At this time Dr. DeCosta-Willis was known as Miriam Sugarmon. In 1957, both women applied to be graduate students at the University of Memphis, then called Memphis State University. They were rejected because of their race.
Credit Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries

When Maxine Smith was born in Memphis in 1929, the city was segregated by race.

Smith graduated from Booker T. Washington High School at age 15. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, where she knew Martin Luther King, Jr., who had also graduated high school early and was attending the nearby Morehouse College.

“He was a nerd,” Smith recalled years later.

Smith earned a Master’s degree at Middlebury College in Vermont and taught college level French.

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7:31 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Interview with Eric Foner

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University is one of this country's most prominent historians.

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Memphis Moments
10:42 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Frances Dancy Hooks

Dr. Benjamin and Mrs. Frances Hooks

February 23rd is the birthday of a remarkable woman, Frances Dancy Hooks. In 1949, Mrs. Hooks, wife and steadfast partner of the late Benjamin Hooks, began a career in education that would span 24 years.

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