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Southern Cultures

Journal covering the history, politics, folklore, art, literature and social structure of the Southern U.S.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 3, Fall

Alex Haley: Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1989: Angels, Legends, and Grace
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Alex Haley's legacy is forever tied to his legendary works--The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Roots: The Saga of an American Family, two of the most influential books on the black experience in the twentieth century. When...
"Everything Changed, but Ain't Nothing Changed": Recovering a Generation of Southern Activists for Economic Justice
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The passing of forty years since the tragic death of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. has prompted many Americans to look back at the late 1960s and take stock of where we are today. In 2001 the Southern Oral History Program...
"For Us the Living": Visits to Civil Rights Museums
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MEMPHIS "How many of you know what a lynching really is?" The tour guide at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is speaking to a high school group, mostly African American. "Well, here's a picture of one." She points...
Front Porch
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Civil Rights Movement first touched my life about fifty years ago, though I scarcely knew it at the time. We were visiting my father's sisters at the old home place in South Carolina, and were heading home from a lakeside...
Martin Luther King Jr. Streets in the South: A New Landscape of Memory
"By laying bare the racial fault lines in one community after another, by calling attention to the circumstances of life in the heart of the black community while demanding better, the streets that bear his name are Martin Luther King's greatest living...
Memories of H. T. Lockard: With Elizabeth Gritter
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Born on June 24, 1920, Hosea T. "H. T." Lockard attended LeMoyne College in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1940 to 1942. In 1942, Lockard put his education on hold to serve in the Army Medical Corps in World War II, which included...
Still Distinctive after All These Years: Trends in Racial Attitudes in and out of the South
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s transformed the United States. After decades of struggle and sacrifice, it prodded the federal government to ban racial discrimination in public facilities, to pass fair housing...
The "Golden" Era of Civil Rights: Consequences of the Carolina Israelite
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The year 1960 was an auspicious one in southern history. Four black students demanded service at a Woolworth's counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, thus inaugurating the sit-in movement; the Student Nonviolent Coordinating...
The Long Road to Brown, the Long Road Beyond: Race and Public Education in North Carolina
North Carolinians have always shaped their schools to reflect and reinforce prevailing attitudes about race. Even today, fifty-four years after the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, no single factor explains more about...
Truth, Reconciliation, and the Ku Klux Klan
"[Trials are] about individual culpability, not about the system as a whole. Trials set up an 'us versus them' dynamic. A trial is not about our complicity. It makes it look like they're guilty, not us." --Paul van Zyl, South African Truth and Reconciliation...