Legal Historian and Award Winning Author, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, to speak on Atlanta’s Protracted Struggle for Equal Rights and her award winning book, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement.
Brown-Nagin traces Atlanta’s civil rights struggle from World War II to 1980, exploring the divergent voices within the African American community’s elders and youth, local and national leadership, grassroots and elites, middle-class and working class. The book reveals tensions and disagreement about the movement’s goals and tactics and the resulting challenges to the alliances in the shared objective to end legalized segregation and discrimination practices in Atlanta, the state of Georgia and ultimately the United States.
Tomiko Brown-Nagin is the Daniel P. S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, Professor of History at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, and the Co-Director of the Law School’s Program in Law and History. She is a member of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. She has published articles in a variety of popular press and professional journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the Journal of Law & Education. She is a frequent media commentator on legal issues and educational policy. Her book, Courage to Dissent, won the Bancroft Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of American history writing.