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Lycoming College's Ewing Lecture to address politics in the Civil Rights era

Lycoming College's Ewing Lecture to address politics in the Civil Rights era

Leslie Brown

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The Lycoming College History Department will welcome Leslie Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Williams College, for the 41st annual Robert H. Ewing Lecture. Her presentation, “Power Politics in the Civil Rights Era,” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. A reception sponsored by the Presidential Inauguration Committee will follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

Brown will explore “power politics” in historically nationalist terms. Her research reveals how black power politics of the 19th century coincided with the ideas and activism of Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and other civil rights organizations of the 1960s. By revealing these convergences, Brown demonstrates how the continuities in black activism link seemingly disparate perspectives such as those of Malcolm X, SNCC and the Black Panther Party.

Brown earned a Ph.D. from Duke University, where she was co-coordinator of “Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South,” a collaborative research and curriculum project of the Center for Documentary Studies. She is the author of “Upbuilding Black Durham: Gender, Class, and Black Community Development in the Urban South” (2008) and winner of the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Award for the best book in U.S. history written by a first-time author.

Brown appears courtesy of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program. OAH promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching and presentation of American history, and encourages wide discussion of historical questions and equitable treatment of all practitioners of history. For more information on the OAH, please visit

The Ewing Lecture Series was established in 1973 when Robert H. Ewing, for whom the series is named, retired after 27 years at Lycoming College. A revered teacher and friend of the college, his life was characterized by a deep religious faith, a passion for history and a strong devotion to a liberal arts education. These qualities touched the lives of all who came in contact with him and led his many friends to contribute to the Ewing Fund to establish this series.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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