On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Jeanne Theoharis of the City University of New York will give the 16th Annual Anita S. Goodstein Lecture in Women's History. Professor Theoharis is the author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Beacon Press, 2013).
Theoharis’ compelling biography dispels, once and for all, the image of Parks as an apolitical, middle-aged lady who was too tired to give up her seat in a Montgomery bus. The Parks that Theoharis uncovers hailed from an activist family and had worked on Civil Rights and other issues, including efforts to stop sexual violence against black women, for decades. Theoharis also highlights the importance of Parks’ participation in a seminar at the Cumberland Plateau’s Highlander Folk School in her decision not to relinquish her seat. Theoharis’s biography is also the first to examine Parks’ life after the bus boycott, which included death threats, unemployment, and a move to Detroit, where Parks continued her civil rights activism.
The talk will be held in Gailor Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception.
The lectureship was created in 1998 in recognition of Dr. Goodstein, who taught Sewanee’s first courses on race and on women and was one of the first women on Sewanee's faculty. Dr. Goodstein and her husband, Marvin, were also involved in desegregating Franklin county schools and other public venues in the area.