Historians respond to the killing of Trayvon Martin

Historians Minkah Makalani and Blair L. M. Kelley respond to the killing of Trayvon Martin with both personal and historical insights. Continue Reading Historians respond to the killing of Trayvon Martin

On the MLK Memorial–Celebrating “A Day That Would Not Be Denied”

Here are some beautiful images of the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, as well as a thoughtful meditation by UNC Press author Blair L. M. Kelley on the subject of King’s work and legacy. Continue Reading On the MLK Memorial–Celebrating “A Day That Would Not Be Denied”

Blair L. M. Kelley: A Dred Scott Moment?

America might be having a new Dred Scott moment as the black sitting president is forced to prove the place of his birth. Continue Reading Blair L. M. Kelley: A Dred Scott Moment?

Award winners: Blair Kelley, Amy Wood, Charles Eagles

We’re delighted to share lots of good news today. The 2010 Lillian Smith Book Award has been awarded to two UNC Press books this year: Amy Louise Wood’s Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America and Charles W. Eagles’s The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Old Miss. The prize, presented… Continue Reading Award winners: Blair Kelley, Amy Wood, Charles Eagles

To Forge a Better NAACP

What happened to the NAACP? It’s odd to think that the venerable and historic National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been reduced to a talking point in the national media cycle this week. They received national attention in June when the Los Angeles chapter lodged a protest against a Hallmark card with… Continue Reading To Forge a Better NAACP

Rand Paul and Segregation