The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in New Jersey
Thomas J. Sugrue, David Boies Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak at the Scotch Plains Public Library on Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 pm. His topic will be, "Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in New Jersey and the North." All members of the public are invited to attend.
Sugrue contends, “Our histories of civil rights focus on the epic battles of Montgomery, Birmingham, Greensboro and Selma. But, as surprising as it may seem, New Jersey was as important a battleground in the history of civil rights as Alabama, Mississippi, or Georgia."
Award-winning historian Thomas Sugrue will turn our attention northward to places like Trenton, Newark, Plainfield, Atlantic City, and Englewood--in the process rewriting the history of modern America's unfinished civil rights movements. He has written many books on twentieth-century American politics, urban history, and civil rights, and lectures extensively on these topics. More information about the speaker can be found at http://www.history.upenn.edu/faculty/sugrue.shtml
This will be the final program in the Scotch Plains Public Library’s “Our Cities, Ourselves” series which focused on the roles that our state’s cities play in our lives now, their impact in the past, and possibilities for future engagement between the suburban and urban communities in our area.
This series of programs was made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library and through a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town. These programs, with the exception of an optional restaurant lunch on April 8th, are free and open to all interested participants. Attendees can register through the library’s website: http://www.scotlib.org or by phone: 908-322-5007, x.204 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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