My Journey as a Historian of my Adopted Home State

Session Description: Dr. Green will talk about how he came to be a student of Minnesota hsitory, race, and civil rights. That story will include being a "child of the sixties" in the Deep South where his parents were educators and participants in civil rights and woman's activism, to coming to Minnesota as a college student., already curious as to how Minnesota gave to the nation such leaders as Hubert Humphrey, Wlater Mondale, Don Fraser. His story will explain his fascination that a "white" state could provide a training ground for the likes of Roy Wilkins and Whitney Young, and provide a safe place for Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Dubois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Booker T. Washington to discuss the agenda for a modern civil rights movement. He will tell how that story fueled his interest to do the kind of research he does, referring to his books as "chapters" of that inquiry.

Session Information: Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 10:00-11:40 a.m. This is a live-streamed, online program. Registrants will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center ( immediately.

Session EducatorWilliam D. Green is the Anita Gaye Hawthorne Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Stuides and Professor of History at Augsburg University. He has published a number of articles on race and Minnesota, and four books - A Peculiar Imbalance: The Fall and Rise of Racial Equality in Early Minnesota, Degrees of Freedom: The Origin of Civil Rights in Minnesota, and The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits on Black Opportunity. Degrees of Freedom and The Children of Lincoln won the Hognander-Minnesota Book Awards, 2016 and 2020, respectively. His fourth and most recent publication is Nellie Francis; Fighting for Racial Justice and Women's Equality in Minnesota, and his forthcoming book - Strike! Twenty Day in 1970 when Teachers Broke the Law, will appear in spring 2022. All are published by the University of Minnesota Press. He holds a M.A., Ph.D., and J.D. from the University of Minnesota, and he served as Superintendent of Minneapolis Schools and vice presdient of the executive council of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Fee for the session: $15.00 per person (There are also discounted packages available by day and by single session- see the store page for more details.)

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