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. The keynote speaker
was Al Letson, host of Reveal's Peabody Award-winning public radio program and podcast
showcasing investigative stories.
MacArthur genius filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr. highlighted the fourth biennial Media
and Civil Rights History Symposium. Nelson is a civil rights documentarian of the
triple Emmy Award-winning "Freedom Riders" (2011), "The Black Press: Soldiers without
Swords" (1998), "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" (2015), and "Tell
Them We Are Rising," an upcoming work on historically black colleges and universities
that includes South Carolina colleges.
"Black Power, Imagination and the Media” was the theme for the third biennial Media
& Civil Rights History Symposium held by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
“The theme is intentionally expanding the time frame of civil rights research, ” said
Christopher Frear, a journalism doctoral student and the three-day symposium’s co-director.
Katherine Mellen Charron, author and associate professor of history at North Carolina
State University, keynote address on her book, "Freedom's Teacher: The Life of Septima
2011 - Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson was the keynote speaker at the 36th annual AEJMC Southeast Colloquium. She
spoke on the 15-year venture of writing the award-winning The Warmth of Other Suns:
The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, a story centered on three African-Americans
who left the south in hopes of a better life in the north, east and west.