NYU Steinhardt welcomes civil rights journalists Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Calvin Trillin on the 59th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Hunter-Gault was one of two black students to desegregate the University of Georgia in 1961. Trillin covered the South and desegregation of the school.
EVENT: On the 59-year anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional, the NYU Steinhardt Department of Teaching and Learning “History in the Classroom Project” welcomes author and freelance journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
Hunter-Gault was one of the two black students to desegregate the University of Georgia in 1961. She was the first black woman writer at The New Yorker in the mid-1960s and went on to work as a reporter for The New York Times, The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, National Public Radio, and CNN. She is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including two Emmys and four Peabody Awards. She is the author of the classic civil rights memoir, In My Place, and has recently published To The Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement.
In 1961, Calvin Trillin covered the south for Time magazine and reported on both the desegregation of the University of Georgia and the Freedom Rides. In 1964 he published the first book on the desegregation of the University of Georgia,
An Education in Georgia: Charlayne Hunter, Hamilton Holmes and the Integration of the University of Georgia.
The History in the Classroom Project, is designed for social studies teachers who are teaching American history and is a federally funded collaborative professional development program for high school and middle school teachers, a partnership that includes New York City's Department of Education, the Social Studies Program of New York University's Steinhardt School, the history department of New York University, and the New York Historical Society.
Friday, May 17, 4:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South
Robert Cohen, professor of social studies, NYU Steinhardt
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author and freelance journalist
Calvin Trillin, novelist, food and travel author, New Yorker staff writer, "Deadline Poet” for The Nation
Media interested in covering the event, please contact Courtney Bowe in the NYU Office of Public Affairs at Courtney.firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.998.6797.
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