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First Academic Symposium: Race, Power and Rural Economic Development

Feb 1 2019 - 9:30am
University Banquet Room, Georgia College

The Center for Georgia Studies is pleased to invite you to join us for a day of presentations and discussion of issues relating to race relations, political power and economic development in the American South.

Session One (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Dr. Veronica Womack (Professor of Political Science, and Chief Diversity Officer, Georgia College), “Political Activism and Black Land Ownership:  The Roots of a Black Power Ideology in the Black Belt Region”

Dr. Alec Hickmott (Visiting Assistant Professor in Black Studies and History, Amherst College), “Black Belt Capitalism:  Land, Liberalism, and the Making of the African American Freedom Struggle”

Session Two (1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m)

Dr. Mark Huddle (Associate Professor of History, Georgia College), “The Rise and Fall of the Catfish Empire:  Black Power and Black Capitalism in Hancock County, Georgia, 1966-1976”

Dr. Karen Senaga (Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in History, Utah State University), “We’re Treated Like Slaves, Not Like Humans:’  The 1990 Delta Pride Catfish Strike and the Promise of Economic Development in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta”

Keynote Address (4 p.m.)

Dr. Mehrsa Baradaran (Associate Dean and Allston Chair in Corporate Law, University of Georgia Law School), “The Color of Money:  Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap”

Mark Huddle
Associate Professor of History, Director of Center for Georgia Studies
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