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Citadel News Service
15 Jan 2008

Southern politics, civil rights era headline Fulghum Lecture Series

Modern Southern politics and the civil rights movement take center stage at The Citadel this spring during the Fulghum Lecture Series.

The Fulghum Lecture Series was created by the Southern Studies Program within The Citadel Department of History to promote a better understanding of the American South and to help prepare students to be principled leaders in the region. The series is named after its benefactor, Leonard C. Fulghum, Jr. of Charleston, Citadel class of 1951. Fulghum is member emeritus of The Citadel Board of Visitors and president of Lenwall Enterprises, Inc. He served on The Citadel Board of Visitors from 1977 to 2002 and was board chairman from 2000 to 2002.

Jan. 31
“Why the History of the Civil Rights Movement is (Almost) All Wrong”

Tim Tyson, a Senior Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, will delve into the roles blacks and whites played in the civil rights movements and some common misconceptions about which group was the most influential. Tyson is author of “Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power,” which earned the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize from the Organization of American Historians in 1999 and of “Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story,” which won the Southern Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006.

March 5
“Reflections on the Changing South”

Earl Black, professor of political science at Rice University, and his twin brother Merle Black professor of political science at Emory University, are widely recognized as the leading authorities on modern southern politics. They will discuss how Southern politics has evolved since World War II. The Blacks have co-authored four prize-winning books: “Politics and Society in The South;” “The Vital South: How Presidents are Elected;” “The Rise of Southern Republicans;” and, most recently, “Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics.” They regularly serve as expert commentators for national media outlets and are widely recognized as the premier authorities on the politics of the modern South.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Each begins at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165.

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