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Religion, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement
April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$20
with Lauren Turek
How did ideas about race and religion intertwine during the U.S. civil rights movement? In this course, we will reach back into history to look at how religious ideas helped to create modern notions of race. We will trace how Americans incorporated these notions into the legal system of slavery. We will also consider how African Americans drew on beliefs about freedom and dignity rooted in religious traditions to resist their subjugation. We will analyze historical documents, music and film to reveal how religious principles informed non-violent resistance tactics. And we will consider the role of not only Christian churches but also Jewish and Islamic influences on the movement.
Lauren Turek, Assistant Professor of History at Trinity University in San Antonio, teaches courses on modern U.S. history, foreign relations and public history. She earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia. Turek’s articles on religion in American politics and foreign policy have appeared in Diplomatic History and the Journal of American Studies. Her book project, To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelicals, Human Rights, and U.S. Foreign Relations, is soon to be published.