Call for Papers -- Special Issue of Fire!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies
Special Issue Theme: “Expanding the Narrative: Exploring New Aspects of the Civil Rights Movement Fifty Years Later.
Special Issue Co-editors: AnneMarie Mingo, Ph.D. – Penn State University
Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Ph.D. – University of Florida
Fire!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies will publish a special issue that explores new narratives of the Civil Rights Movement fifty years after many of its landmark events. This special issue is looking for submissions that include but are not limited to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Mississippi Freedom Summer, the 1964 Democratic National Convention and the MFDP, Selma’s Bloody Sunday, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Acts of 1965, Martin Luther King’s Nobel Peace Prize, and others. Over the past fifty years, traditional narratives of the Movement have gained prominence within historical and cultural studies. Today, research yielding new insights into both well-known and little-known events and leaders continue to expand the narrative.
This special issue seeks original papers that will: 1) Examine the significance of the historic civil rights activities of the 1950s and 1960s; 2) critique the traditional body of Civil Rights Movement literature by focusing on aspects that have not been a part of the predominant narrative; and 3) explore what these new insights can teach participants and students of social movements today.
Fire!!! is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the publication of articles by scholars who utilize media to advance their theories, arguments, or interpretations of Black life, history, or culture. The publisher, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), seeks to break new ground in the field of Black Studies by adding digital technology into the publication of scholarship on the Civil Rights Movement. The main objective is to provide a venue through which Civil Rights scholars are able to use audio, video, images or reproductions of primary data to support their research.
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