Voting Rights: Then and Now is an interview series with dynamic leaders from across the country on the subject of voting, and in particular, voting on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd in the 2020 United States presidential election. We at the AUC Woodruff Library want to encourage everyone to vote, but we also want to inform people about the history of Voting Rights in this country and host discussions about the specific reasons why it is important to vote.
The third interview of the series conducted by Clinton Fluker, PhD, Assistant Director, Engagement and Scholarship, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library features Vicki Crawford, , PhD, Endowed Chair of Civil and Human Rights and Executive Director of the Office of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection.
Dr. Vicki Crawford is Endowed Chair of Civil and Human Rights and Executive Director of the Office of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection. In this position, she develops campus-based programming and community outreach initiatives that advance the teachings and nonviolent philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, she serves on the curatorial committee at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights which has oversight for rotating thematic exhibits of the King papers.
Dr. Crawford is a civil rights scholar whose groundbreaking volume of essays, Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers, (1993) was one of the first publications to address the under-researched role of women in the African American freedom struggle. She has published numerous essays and book chapters on the Civil Rights Movement while teaching courses in African American history over the past three decades. Her publications also include a recently co-edited book with Dr. Lewis Baldwin titled, Reclaiming the Great World House: The Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., published by the University of Georgia Press as a part of the Morehouse College King Collection Series on Civil and Human Rights. Dr. Crawford also serves as the General Series Editor. She holds a Ph.D. degree in American Studies from Emory University and has completed post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University and the University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
For more information about The AUC Woodruff Library and our special programing related to Voting Rights please visit our digital exhibit: Voice Your Vote: The History of African Americans and the Right to Vote curated by Tiffany Atwater of the Archives Research Center. Please continue to look for updates on future programing throughout the month of October 2020 on the Library’s main website: www.auctr.edu.