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Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe: White Supremacy, Black Nationalism, and the Civil Rights Movement

4th Annual Fleming-Morrow Distinguished Lecture in African-American History, presented by the Fleming-Morrow Endowment and the Department of History

Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor, Ohio State University

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it does not bend naturally toward justice. It must be bent toward justice.
Drawing on the long history of the Black Freedom Struggle, Professor Jeffries will examine the ways African
Americans have exerted the force necessary to make a more just America, a force equal and opposite to that
exerted by proponents of white supremacy. He will also explore why Americans embrace the idea of the inevitability of justice despite America’s tortured history of race relations, which points to the exact opposite being true.

Hasan Jeffries is the author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt (2009), which tells the remarkable story of the African American freedom movement in Lowndes County, Alabama.  He is the editor of Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement, a forthcoming collection of essays by leading civil rights scholars and teachers that explores how to teach the Civil Rights Movement accurately and effectively.

Reception and book-signing to follow in the Hodges Library Galleria.  Free and open to the public.



Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

John C Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN

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Humanities & Social Sciences


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


Black History Month



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Multicultural Student Life,

Center for the Study of War and Society

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