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Raymond Arsenault

Thursday, May 1906:45 - 08:30 PM

Opening Roundtable

The Long Struggle for Civil Rights and Black Freedom

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History and Chairman of the Department of History and Politics at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. A frequent consultant for various civil rights museums and documentaries, he is the author or editor of nine books, including Crucible of Liberty: 200 Years of the Bill of Rights (1991), The Changing South of Gene Patterson: Journalism and Civil Rights, 1960-1968 (2002); Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (2006); and The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America (2009). The 2010 PBS American Experience documentary, Freedom Riders, based on his 2006 book, won three Emmys and a George Peabody Award. He is currently writing the first full-scale biography of the legendary tennis player and public intellectual Arthur Ashe.

AFFILIATION: University of South Florida, St. Petersburg