Race and the Civil Rights Movement in Music and Media: A Panel Discussion

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 Derek Musgrove, Assistant Professor of History, UMBC

G. Derek Musgrove is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America (University of Georgia Press, 2012) which examines black elected officials’ allegations of state and news media “harassment” over the course of the post civil rights period.  Dr. Musgrove has received the 2003-2004 Anne E. Plato predoctoral fellowship at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and the 2007-2008 postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University to support his work.  He received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from New York University in 2005.

Michelle Scott, Associate Professor of History, UMBC

Michelle Scott teaches and studies race and ethnicity  in the American experience with emphasis on African American history, black  musical culture, and women’s studies. Professor Scott has contributed to the  Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project volumes 2-4 and the forthcoming Columbia  Guide to African American History, 1939-Present. Professor Scott’s new book, The Realm of a Blues Empress: Blues Culture and Bessie Smith in  Black Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1880-1923 will be published in Summer, 2008. Professor Michelle Scott was awarded an Andrew W.  Mellon Foundation/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation  Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty for 2005-2006. Professor Scott is also an affiliate faculty member in Gender and  Women’s Studies.


 Moderated by Kimberly Moffitt, Assistant Professor of American Studies, UMBC

Kimberly Moffitt is an assistant professor of American studies whose areas of expertise include hair/body politics and media representations of people of African descent. She is the co-editor of the 2010 book The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign, which places Barack Obama’s candidacy and victory in the context of the American experience with race and the media. Moffitt is a frequent contributor to discussions about race and politics on Midday with Dan Rodricks and the Marc Steiner Show.


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