The African American Experience in Missouri Lecture Series
Explore Missouri's past and prepare for the future through the African American Experience in Missouri lecture series. A collaboration of the State Historical Society of Missouri's Center for Missouri Studies and the University of Missouri's Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, it is designed to offer the community opportunities to reach a new understanding of present-day Missouri by learning about the history of African Americans within the state.
Keona K. Ervin, history professor at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and SHSMO executive director Gary Kremer, both Center for Missouri Studies fellows known for research on African American history, are curating the series to ensure that top scholars in the field are a part of the continuing exploration of the lives of African Americans in Missouri's past.
In 2018-2019 the series is sponsored by SHSMO; the University of Missouri’s Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity; and the Missouri Humanities Council.
Watch this site for information about spring 2019 lectures.
- Inaugural Lecture: Contesting Slavery: Enslaved Missourians' Enduring Struggle for Self Determination
By Diane Mutti Burke, associate professor of history, University of Missouri, Kansas City on February 3, 2016
- #SayHerName: Black Women and State Violence in the Case of Missouri v. Celia, A Slave
By Martha S. Jones, Arthur F. Thurnau professor of History, University of Michigan Law School on March 23, 2016
- "No Rights Which the White Man Was Bound to Respect": Racial Capitalism and Empire in the Age of Dred Scott
By Walter Johnson, professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University on April 21, 2016
- The Legacy of Slavery and Freedom in St. Louis Before the Civil War
By Lea VanderVelde, Josephine Witte professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law on September 15, 2016
- Black Military Service in Civil War Missouri
By Miller W. Boyd III, African American Studies Program, University of Mississippi on October 20, 2016
- Crossing the Red Sea: Saint Louis and the Exodus of 1879
By Bryan Jack, assistant professor, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville on November 9, 2016
- Black History and 'Black Lives' since Ferguson: Contemporary Meanings of the 1960s Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, Missouri
By Clarence Lang, professor of African and African American Studies, University of Kansas on February 7, 2017
- 'Drenched With Blood, Presenting A Frightful Appearance': Race, Rage, and State Power in Missouri's Historic Past
By Sowande' Mustakeem, assistant professor of African and African American Studies on March 14, 2017
- "Substantially Equal" Lloyd Gaines and Legal Efforts for Desegregation in Missouri Higher Education
By James Endersby, associate professor of Political Science, University of Missouri on April 4, 2017
- Business, Culture, and Power: Kansas City's Black Professional Class in Photos and Images
By Delia C. Gillis, professor of history and director of the Center of Africana Studies at the University of Central Missouri on October 25, 2017
- Remembering the Ste. Genevieve Race Riot of 1930: Historical Memory and the Expulsion of African Americans from a Small Missouri Town
By Patrick Huber, professor of history, Missouri University of Science and Technology on November 14, 2017
- Troubling Freedom: Black Working-Class Women's Self-Organization and the Struggle for Racial Justice in St. Louis before the 1960s
By Keona K. Ervin, assistant professor of history, University of Missouri, and Center for Missouri Studies fellow, State Historical Society of Missouri on February 15, 2018
- Margaret Bush Wilson and the Promise of America: A Pragmatic Civil Rights Vision
By Priscilla Dowden-White, associate professor of history, University of Missouri–St. Louis on March 7, 2018
- Making their Marks: Voice and Violence in Colonial St. Louis
By Patricia Cleary, professor of history, California State University, Long Beach on April 16, 2018
- Citizen Brown: Race, Democracy, and Inequality in the St. Louis Suburbs
By Colin Gordon, F. Wendell Miller Professor of History, University of Iowa on October 22, 2018
For more information on all Center for Missouri Studies events, visit the State Historical Society of Missouri's events page.
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