Virtual – Racial Justice Series: The Legacy of John Lewis

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On Tuesday, June 15, join us for the next conversation in our chapters’ racial justice series entitled, “The Legacy of John Lewis,” with Ray Arsenault, an American historian, academic, and author.

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History emeritus, the co-founder of the Florida Studies graduate program, and the former Chairman of the Department of History and Politics at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he he taught from 1980 to 2020. A specialist in the political, social, environmental, and civil rights history of the American South, he has also taught at several universities, including the Florida State University Study Abroad Center in London and the University of Angers, in France.

He has lectured on American history and culture in over a dozen countries. A long-time community activist and public historian, Raymond served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida from 1998 to 2000 and has been a member of the Florida ACLU Board of Directors for over 30 years. He is the author or editor of ten books, including “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” the basis of the Emmy-winning documentary “Freedom Riders.”

He is currently writing a book on civil rights icon John Lewis and will be discussing his legacy as part of our Florida chapters’ racial justice speaker series.

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