Southern History/Black History Symposium

Confederate Heritage and African American History in Tension

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The mass murder of nine Black worshippers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston reignited the debate about how the Confederacy should be remembered.  Do symbols of the Confederacy honor heritage or promote racial hatred? What is the relationship between Confederate heritage and African American history? On February 25, 2016, the James Weldon Johnson Institute convened a dialogue of historians specializing in 19th and 20th Century African American and Southern History to talk about the connections between Black History, Southern History and the politics of commemoration. 

southern history panelists

Panelists (l to r): Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor of History at Emory University; Maurice J. Hobson, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University; Andra Gillespie, JWJI Director (Moderator); Leslie M. Harris, Associate Professor of History at Emory University; Catherine Clinton, President of the Southern Historical Association and Denman Chair of American History at University of Texas-San Antonio; James L. Roark, S.C. Dobbs Professor of History at Emory University