Defining The Struggle: Past, Present, and Future of Civil Rights

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Defining The Struggle: Past, Present, and Future of Civil Rights 

carleSaturday, February 22

6:30- 8:30 p.m.

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St.


While the common narrative of the civil rights movement is centered around the NAACP and the National Urban League, Susan D. Carle’s Defining the Struggle is a ground-breaking history that focuses rather on early organizations that built the foundations for the fight for racial justice. While such entities as the National Afro American League, the National Afro American Council, the National Association of Colored Women, and the Niagara Movement have become ghosts in our national consciousness, Defining the Struggle revives these organizations in the minds of its readers. Through a scholarly exploration of their initiatives, Carle gets to the heart of the forces that came together to make up the civil rights movement, helping us better understand where we as a society have come from and where we have yet to go.

Susan D. Carle is a professor at American University Washington College of Law, where she specializes in labor relations and employment law, professional responsibility, employment discrimination law, and civil rights. A graduate of Yale Law School and a former editor of The Yale Law Journal, Carle has clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and worked as a community organizer, a civil rights lawyer, and a union-side labor. Along with Defining the Struggle, she has also authored many publications centered around civil rights and legal ethics, including Debunking the Myth of Civil Rights Liberalism: Visions of Racial Justice in the Thought of T. Thomas Fortune, and Race Class and Legal Ethics in the Early NAACP.

Join the Austin National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), KAZI Book Review, the George Washington Carver Museum, and the Texas Book Festival in celebrating Black History Month with a discussion of Civil Rights in America. The keynote speaker will be Susan Carle, author of Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice, 1880-1915. Following the keynote, Hopeton Hay, host and producer of the KAZI Book Review weekly talk show, will moderate the panel discussion on civil rights in the 20th and 21st century with Susan Carle; Nelson Linder, president of the Austin NAACP; Teddy McDaniels, president of the Austin Area Urban League; and Janice Sumler-Edmond, professor of history at Huston-Tillotson University.


The event is free and open to the public. For more info