Social justice historian to discuss ‘lessons of struggle’



    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Vanderbilt University historian and activist Rhonda Williams, who chronicles black power politics and urban inequality, will discuss modern lessons from social justice efforts during the University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Memorial Lecture.

    Her free, public talk — “The Evidence of Things Done: Learning Lessons of Struggle in the 21st Century” — will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in in the duPont Manual High School auditorium, 120 W. Lee St.  

    Williams recently became Vanderbilt’s first John Seigenthaler chair in American history after serving two decades as a history professor at Case Western Reserve University, where she was founder and inaugural director of its Social Justice Institute. Her research focuses on the experiences, politics and social challenges of low-income black women.

    A limited number of copies of her book “Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century” will be given out at the door on a first-come, first-served basis, with a book signing to follow the talk.

    She also wrote “The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles Against Urban Inequality” and is co-editor of “Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement” and the book series “Justice, Power and Politics.”

    UofL’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research in the College of Arts and Sciences sponsors the 11th annual lecture, which this year is co-sponsored by the DuPont Manual Black Student Union. The lecture series and institute are named for a Louisvillian active in the civil rights movement.

    For more information, contact Jamie Beard at 502-852-6142 or or check


    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.