This conference pays tribute to the Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953, the first organized mass boycott of the modern civil rights movement. The signature innovation of the boycott was the indigenous free-ride network developed by Rev. T.J. Jemison and later borrowed by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the seminal Montgomery bus boycott.
The conference will take place on June 19-22, 2003, and will be co-hosted by Southern University, Louisiana State University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The mission of the conference is both to celebrate the 1953 boycott and foster a deeper understanding of its significance to the wider civil rights movement.
The steering committee welcomes papers, panels and workshops that examine themes generally related to the early years of the modern civil rights movement and, more specifically, to the Baton Rouge bus boycott and other early civil right protest episodes. The steering committee will consider a wide range of topics and themes including but not limited to:
Political and social antecedents to the modern civil rights movement
Protest leadership prior to the Montgomery boycott and Brown vs. Board of Education
Application of social movement theory to the pre-Brown years of the modern movement
The African American church and other sources of indigenous strength prior to 1954
Black-White political and social collaboration in the early years of the movement
Legal analysis of challenges to Jim Crow, 1945 to 1954
Cold War implications of racial segregation in the American south
Media coverage of early civil rights protest
Lessons learned from a half century of desegregation
LSU Press will publish a collection of papers presented at the conference.
Featured academic keynotes will include Dr. Adam Fairclough of East Anglia University and Lance Hill of Tulane University. Other invited scholars include Dr. Tony Badger of Cambridge University and Dr. Nancy Weiss Malkiel of Princeton University. Invited keynotes include Dr. Ruth Simmons, President of Brown University, and the Honorable Andrew Young, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and Mayor of Atlanta.
Proposals should include a brief abstract (not more than 250 words), CV and contact information. Proposals should be postmarked by Monday, December 2, 2002. They may be submitted electronically or mailed to Ms. Shelton at the address provided.
The conference will be co-hosted by Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Other sponsoring institutions include the Southern Institute and Deep South Humanities Center at Tulane University, the Arthur Miller Center at East Anglia University, Shiloh First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge and the Louisiana State Museum.
Baton Rouge Bus Boycott 50th Anniversary
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
406 N. Fourth Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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