Historian to Discuss Post-War African American Activism

Historian to Discuss Post-War African American Activism

Tufts University historian and author Gerald Gill will discuss post-World War II African American leadership and protest strategies, and their effect on Boston, at a lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 4 p.m. in Gasson 100.

The colloquium, "'No Time for Banqueting': African American Protests in Boston, 1945-1955," is being held as part of the University's celebration of Black History Month.

The title of Gill's lecture refers to a 1949 black community newspaper editorial urging Boston's African Americans not to take a relaxed posture following a series of civil rights victories. During his talk, he will examine how civil rights organizations and black advocacy groups confronted discrimination in employment, housing and public facilities in Boston, as well as issues surrounding public education and relations between the police and black residents.

Gill is the author of Meanness Mania: The Changed Mood and co-author of The Case for Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education. He also served as a co-editor of The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader, and has written articles on African-American history and public policy matters.

At Tufts, Gill teaches courses in African-American History and in 19th and 20th-century American History.

-Stephen Gawlik

 

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