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Author to lecture on Atlanta civil rights

The School of Law’s American Constitution Society is partnering with other departments on campus to host Tomiko Brown-Nagin, author of the book Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement, on April 20 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Institute for African American Studies, the department of history, the African American Cultural Center and the Graduate and Professional Scholars organization.

Brown-Nagin’s talk will cover topics addressed in her book and will emphasize the role of lawyers, courts and community-based activism during the civil rights era from a historical and a legal perspective. In recounting Atlanta’s desegregation experience from the early 1940s to the 1980s, Brown-Nagin will shed light on a time when issues such as voting rights, housing, education and transportation were faced locally.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing session, with copies of the book available for purchase.

Brown-Nagin is a law professor, history professor and civil rights scholar at the University of Virginia. Her work encompasses a spectrum of disciplines including law, history, women’s studies, African-American studies, education and social work.