The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History


Atlanta, GA



July 14-19, 2019 or July 20-25, 2019 (1 week)


Summer Program

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Atlanta is a fitting locale to consider the weighty issues of race reform in American history. It is home to Atlanta University, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Martin Luther King Jr., the site of the 1895 Cotton States Exposition and the 1960 Atlanta Student Movement. Within a national context, the workshop will focus on the creation and maintenance of a color line in Atlanta in the decades after emancipation as well as the resistance by African Americans that ultimately led to the dismantling of Jim Crow laws in the aftermath of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Project Director(s)

Tim Crimmins; Glenn Eskew

Visiting Faculty

Tim Crimmins; Glenn Eskew; Maurice Hobson; Wendy Venet; Akinyele Umoja; Beverly Sheftall; Gwen Middlebrooks; Lonnie King; Martha Battle; Lizz Etter

Grantee Institution

Georgia State University