Remaking the Empire State of the South: Georgia’s Black Freedom Struggle.
Dr. Chana Kai Lee is associate professor of History & African American Studies at the University of Georgia's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences where she teaches the history of the Civil Rights Movement, the history of Georgia, 20th Century U.S. social history and a course on contemporary issues in African American life and culture. Professor Lee is the author of For Freedom's Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, which won the Willie Lee Rose Prize, awarded by the Southern Association of Women Historians and the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize, awarded by the Association of Black Women Historians. She has served as film consultant on several projects including the critically acclaimed PBS documentary, Citizen King. She serves on the editorial board of the journal Gender, Women and Families of Color. Professor Lee will be leading a research team to uncover stories about the lives of enslaved people who lived and died in Athens from 1785-1865. The research is expected to be completed by June 2021. Professor Lee’s lecture will contextualize the Rome sit-ins and civil rights movement in Floyd County. A Q&A will follow.
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Evans Hall, Spruill Ballroom E