ONLINEInterview With “Freedom Riders” Author Ray Arsenault

Top Pick January 10, 2021 Free
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Kerem Shalom’s Racial Justice Task Force invites the community to attend an online interview with Dr. Raymond O. Arsenault, an award-winning historian and the author of “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.” “Freedom Riders” was the basis for an Emmy Award-winning “American Experience” documentary on PBS.

Over the course of our history, many millions of Americans have been deprived of their right to vote. Race is deeply entwined in our story of disenfranchisement, and it did not end with the Civil War or the passage of the Voting Rights Act and other civil rights legislation in the 1960s. How has the right to vote been historically threatened? How is it threatened today? Arsenault, who is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History and chairman of the Department of History at University of South Florida, will be in conversation with Dr. Stephen Whitfield, the Max Richter Professor of American Civilization Emeritus at Brandeis University, as he addresses these questions.

Arsenault, the author or editor of eight books, has taught at University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, University of Chicago, Florida State University Study Abroad Center in London and Universite d’Angers in France. He attended Princeton University and received a Ph.D. at Brandeis University.

The event will be closed captioned.

Kerem Shalom is deeply appreciative of our event sponsors: The League of Women Voters of Concord/Carlisle; Na’aseh, Social Justice Committee of Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton; The Racial Justice Action and Reclaim Our Democracy groups at First Parish in Concord; and Trinitarian Congregational Church.

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