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Author coming to UTC for lecture on birthplace of Civil Rights Movement

Dr. Houston Roberson will deliver a lecture at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga based on his well-received new book, Fighting the Good Fight: The Story of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, 1865-1977. Roberson’s lecture titled "Dexter Avenue Baptist Church: The Intersection of Race, Religion, and Civil Rights" will be held on Monday, September 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room, UTC University Center.

The event is free to the public.

Roberson, Associate Professor of History at the University of the South, has chronicled five generations in the life of The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where Martin Luther King, Jr. served as the pastor in 1955. In December, it will be 50 years since the church served as the gathering place to plan the Montgomery bus boycott, an event that launched the modern civil rights movement in the US.

A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Roberson received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This lecture is sponsored by:

  • the Chattanooga Area Phi Beta Kappa Association
  • the UTC Africana Studies program
  • the UTC College of Arts and Sciences Keese Lecture Fund
  • and the UTC Chair of the H.H. Battle Professorship in African-American Studies, currently held by Dr. Melissa Anyiwo.
For more information, please call (423)425-4635.

September 9, 2005

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