Leslie Brown, a Duke graduate and historian of the civil rights movement, teaches as an Associate Professor of History at Williams College. Prior to 2008, Brown taught a range of courses about race, gender, documentary studies, American and African American History and oral history at various colleges and universities including Duke University, Skidmore College and Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of Upbuilding Black Durham: Gender, Class and Black Community Development in the Urban South (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008) and is the winner of the 2009 Frederick Turner Jackson Prize for the best book in U.S. History written by a first time author, awarded by the Organization of American Historians. From 1990-1995, Brown co-coordinated “Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South”, a collaborative research and curriculum project at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke.

Brown spoke at Duke in the Borderwork(s) Lab on September 13, 2013 on “Civil Rights Movements: Chronologies, Contexts, and the Classroom.”

She was interviewed prior to her visit on how valuable she believes a civil rights curriculum is to a university. The interview can be viewed here.

Duke News also featured Brown in an article about her visit and a video from her visit can be viewed below.

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