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Media & Civil Rights History Symposium

The biennial event welcomes scholars from various disciplines and approaches that address the vital relationships between civil rights and public communication from local/national/transnational contexts, perspectives and periods. The symposium concludes with the Farrar Award in Media & Civil Rights History.

Conference Program

The 2019 Media & Civil Rights History Symposium and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium sparked dialogue about the importance of journalism and the evolving landscape of the industry.

Hosted biennially, the MCRHS brings together civil rights and media historians to discuss how the two topics intersect, especially where journalism is concerned. Gwenyth Mellinger, director of James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design, took home the symposium’s biggest honor, the Ronald T. and Gayla D. Farrar Award, which recognizes the best research on the topic. Her paper explored a 1940s effort to publish African American newspaper columnist Charles S. Johnson in white newspapers.

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Dr. Kenneth Campbell
Media & Civil Rights History Symposium
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

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