US black citizenship to be explored in Martin Luther King Jr lecture

19 January 2015

Canterbury Christ Church University's annual Martin Luther King Jr Lecture will examine if black Americans have achieved full citizenship.

Black Citizenship: A Dream Deferred? will explore if the principals adopted in the Civil War Amendments, that aimed to bring black Americans into full citizenship in the late 1800s, are still in practise today, almost a century and a half later.

The lecture will be delivered by Professor Annette Gordon-Reed who will address this question and offer prospects for change.

Professor Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carol K Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, a Professor of History at Harvard University and the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Queen's College, Oxford University.

She received the 2008 National Book Award and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for 'The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family' (2008). She is also the author of 'Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy' (1997), 'Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir' with Vernon Jordan Jr (2001), 'Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History', editor (2002), and 'Andrew Johnson' (2010).

The lecture will take place at 6pm on Monday 2 February in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre, The Old Sessions House. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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