Civil Rights News

Alderman to Study Role of Geography, Geospatial Intelligence During Civil Rights Era

During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, activist groups used geography and geospatial intelligence—collecting geographic information and understanding its potential to effect change—to identify protest sites and plan protests. Derek Alderman, a UT professor of geography, has received a three-year $373,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore those geospatial tactics and determine what can be learned about patterns of racial inequality.

Civil Rights Class is Hitting the Road This Mini-Term

The civil rights movement of the 1960s was started and perpetuated by college students who risked their safety and even their lives for the cause. History professor Cynthia Fleming is taking her UT students back to the scene of these events to revisit history through firsthand accounts.

UT Junior Selected to Participate in PBS’ Student Freedom Ride

Jayanni Webster, a junior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be part of the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, which will retrace the 1961 civil rights bus rides. PBS’ “American Experience” today announced that Webster and thirty-nine other college students from around the U.S. have been selected for the ride. Nearly 1,000 students nationwide applied; the forty selected were chosen based, in part, on their social media and civic engagement involvement.