Charleston Syllabus Symposium – Friday, September 23, 2016

On Friday, September 23, 2016, the Charleston Syllabus Symposium will be held at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia.

(From The Charleston Syllabus Symposium web page):

“Inspired by the #CharlestonSyllabus hashtag campaign born in the wake of the June 17 massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, this symposium is open to UGA students and faculty to come together to discuss the current state of race relations, racial violence and civil rights activism in the U.S. Featured speakers will include historians Chad Williams, Kidada E. Williams and Keisha N. Blain, editors of Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violence, an anthology recently published by the University of Georgia Press.”

Chad Williams is associate professor and chair of African and Afro-American studies at Brandeis University and is the author of Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era.

Kidada E. Williams is associate professor of history at Wayne State University and the author of They Left Great Marks on Me: African American Testimonies of Racial Violence from Emancipation to World War I.

Keisha N. Blain is assistant professor of history at the University of Iowa. Her work has been published in the Journal of Social History; Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society; and Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International.

A schedule for the symposium is available at

The symposium will be livestreamed on the UGA Press Facebook page at

UPDATE: The symposium will also be livestreamed at 

You can read more about the book Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism and Racial Violence here.  The book is available from UGA Press here.


Georgia Newspaper Project mentioned on NPR’s Fresh Air

The Georgia Newspaper Project was mentioned in an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air on September 15, 2016.

Fresh Air host Terry Gross interviewed Patrick Phillips, author of the book Blood at the Root, which documents 1912 events in Forsyth County, Georgia, where white mobs violently expelled 1100 African Americans who lived in the county, a response to the alleged rape of a white woman by an African American man, and the death of a young white woman who died of injuries sustained in a beating. In the interview, Phillips discusses his research conducted with descendants of the African Americans who were driven out of Forsyth County, with white Forsyth County residents, and his work consulting archives.

You can listen to the interview and read the interview transcript here:

The excerpt of the interview that mentions the Georgia Newspaper Project follows:

“PHILLIPS: You know, I did not find any photographs. I found lots of descriptions. You know, my search for photographs was interesting in that one of the places where I think I might have found such a photograph was in the Forsyth County newspaper. I relied on a lot of newspapers from Atlanta, from places as far away as The New York Times and especially Gainesville, the town next door.

But one of the really gaping holes in the record is the Forsyth County News which was publishing Incoming, the closest newspaper, you know, right in the middle of all of this, and the issues from the relevant months are nowhere to be found. There – I actually went to the University of Georgia library and where there’s a place called the Georgia Newspaper Project and they have microfilms of all of these.

And literally I opened the drawer and the two boxes that would contain September and October of the Forsyth County News from 1912 there’s just a space there. You know, hard to say exactly what to make of that, but it certainly seems there’s been some effort to deflect attention away from all of this.”

Find out more about the Georgia Newspaper Project by visiting here.