Monthly Archive for January, 2010

Black GIs in Germany

This week, the 65th anniversay of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, it is appropriate to consider the role of the black American GIs who fought in Europe during World War II, eventually returning home to a racially segregated nation unsure of how to receive these second-class warriors. There is a great history project worth exploring called The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany that is addressing this very question and asking how black GIs exported the civil rights movement to Germany. Take a look. The project is an oral history archive as well as collection of teaching tools and materials.

February Events Round up

Here’s a quick look at the upcoming events in February from the LCRM events calendar.

For more details on these events please visit either the event’s website or the LCRM event calendar.

If you have an event you would like to see posted on the calendar, please send us an e-mail.

Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn, who pioneered activist history, has died. His People’s History of the United States no doubt inspired many future historians.

Here’s Zinn on the program Conversations with History, talking about his life and philosophy.

New LCRM Book

Mary Dudziak draws our attention to a new volume in the LCRM canon, Black Activists and Red Freedom: James and Esther Jackson and the Long Civil Rights Revolution, edited by David Levering Lewis, Michael H. Nash, Daniel J. Leab. The book argues for the importance of the Left in the civil rights movement. This looks to be an important new work in the scholarship on workers, black, white, and brown.

LCRM Field Work Update

SOHP Research Assistant Dwana Waugh reflects on the fall fieldwork.

This past semester at the SOHP, I completed an interviewing project in Winston-Salem started during the summer of 2009.  This was a collaborative project with the Southern Oral History Program and the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, researching discrimination in segregated education and the legacy of desegregation as background information for a death penalty case.  I interviewed four people—Melton Sadler, Hobart Jones, Jr., Walter Marshall, and Hazel Mack-Hilliard.  They all attended segregated schools in the Forsyth school system during the 1950s and 1960s.  The civil rights movement had a profound impact on many of these interviewees, leading them to have an active life in local politics.

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Thursday Humor

We have a new professional basketball league! The All-American Basketball Alliance apparently actually exists, though it’s not clear any teams do. Or any teams will. Because only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play. It’s not about race, says the league’s founder.

Read more here.

LCRM Field Work Update

SOHP graduate research assistant Willie Griffin reflects on recent field work.

Although this was not my first experience working with Southern Oral History Program (SOHP), it was my first official experience as a Research Associate, the past two summers I worked independently with the SOHP’s Long Civil Rights Movement (LCRM)  initiative in Charlotte, NC, Charleston and Georgetown SC, and Albany GA researching grassroots campaigns for economic and racial justice. This past semester (fall 2009), however, we began exploring the third phase of the LCRM project research, which examines a phase of the Women’s Rights movement that emerged out of the cauldron of the 1960s and specifically looks at the integration of women into university staff and faculty positions, women’s reproductive rights struggles, and poor women’s activism. As a group, the staff met on several occasions early in the semester to listen to and discuss issues that we might experience when researching women in the university and the controversial reproductive rights struggle.  It was decided early on that poor women’s activism would receive more attention in the spring semester, so I decided to work with issues surrounding reproductive rights struggle during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Domain Moved

As outlined in our post on Monday, we’ve moved the site from to, and we’ve moved this weblog into its own sub-folder. Please update any bookmarks in your web browser and RSS readers. If you’ve been so kind as to add this weblog to your blogroll or have any old links to posts on this site, it would also be good to update those links. Currently, we’re automatically redirecting links to the old site to their new locations, but we will stop doing that in the near future.

The procedure for updating links is to replace the first part of your link or bookmarks that currently start with


For example:

should become

Thanks for reading!

Domain Name Change

In order to clear the ground for a springtime launch of our pilot web publishing application, we will be moving the project weblog to a new domain on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 early in the morning (Eastern Time). The new location for this weblog will be Note that link will not work until some time after we make the change on Wednesday. While this change may interfere with your ability to get updates from the LCRM team for a short while, it will make it easier for us to deliver the existing content from this weblog and the new content from the publishing application. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that may result.

For a short period, existing inbound links to (such as bookmarks and web search results) will redirect to their new locations at, in order to give everyone a chance to update their bookmarks and web pages. Search engines will pick up the change very quickly. In general, the rule is that if you’ve bookmarked or linked to (not a real web page) then you’ll be able to find that page after the change at

For example, if you’re using an RSS reader to keep up with the project, you have either (RSS) or (Atom) as the URL for the site’s feed. Soon after we make the change on Wednesday, these will need to be changed to or, respectively.

We’ll be issuing more updates on Wednesday after the changes are made with reminders. Thanks for reading!

The zotero Bibliography

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a productive Year 3 of our grant project, and we’re starting things off with a Long Civil Rights Movement Bibliography group on zotero.

The bibliography is a response to the overwhelming interest, based on our survey, in a collaborative, annotated bibliography of long civil rights movement titles. Zotero is a free Firefox extension, developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, that allows you to collect, manage, and cite your research. This zotero group allows scholars and students of the long civil rights movement to share their sources and notes online.

When you join the LCRM Bibliography group on zotero, you can add books, articles, and other materials to a shared list. And more important, you can add your commentary via notes. You might wish to write a brief review, direct other group members toward related materials, or remark on the text’s place within the long civil rights movement canon.

The bibliography is truly collaborative, and with enough contributors, could become not just a useful list of LCRM titles, but a site for scholarly discussion and collaboration. Users can create subfolders where they might share syllabuses, papers, comprehensive exam lists, and other useful resources. The bibliography is fully searchable, too, and you can index the entries using tags. To view the bibliography on the web click here. Entries are ordered by the date.

We have attached some instructions for using the group library, but the best way to learn is to join. Head beneath the fold to learn more.

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