Newly launched public humanities website examines imprint of Black activism in US & UK, past & present

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Newly launched public humanities website examines imprint of Black activism in US & UK, past & present

Willson Center Associate Academic Director Barbara McCaskill, professor of English in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is co-director of a new public humanities website that examines the imprint of African American activism in the United States and the United Kingdom, past and present. Black Activism: A Transatlantic Legacy presents public history projects by community groups, emerging scholars, and distinguished researchers, and an online symposium featuring participants from the US and the UK. The site also features resources for teaching, an interactive chronology of people and places, and a blog to spotlight original interpretations and recovered documents and images.

Inspired by the transatlantic activism of Reverend Peter Thomas Stanford, the first Black minister in Birmingham, UK, the site is part of a research project directed by McCaskill, who also directs the Civil Rights Digital Library, and UGA English PhD candidate Sidonia Serafini – co-editors of The Magnificent Reverend Peter Thomas Stanford, Transatlantic Reformer and Race Man (UGA Press, 2020) – and Kelly P. Dugan, who earned a PhD in Classics from UGA in 2021 and is now a visiting assistant professor at Trinity College-Hartford.

The project is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as one of the Willson Center’s Global Georgia initiative research projects.

Peter Thomas Stanford