Dal­ton State to host Black His­tory Month speaker

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The Black His­tory Month Speaker Se­ries at Dal­ton State will kick off this year with a fo­cus on At­lanta as “the black Mecca.”

Dr. Mau­rice Hob­son, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of African-Amer­i­can stud­ies and a his­to­rian at Ge­or­gia State Univer­sity, will dis­cuss his book “The Leg­end of the Black Mecca: Pol­i­tics and Class in the Mak­ing of Mod­ern At­lanta” on Thurs­day, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in room 105 of the James E. Brown Cen­ter at Dal­ton State. It is free and open to the pub­lic.

At­lanta earned the nick­name “the black Mecca” for its achieve­ment in ed­u­ca­tion, busi­ness, pol­i­tics, me­dia and mu­sic for African Amer­i­cans. How­ever, Hob­son ex­plores the idea the city has still mis­han­dled poor black peo­ple. He writes there is a schism be­tween the black po­lit­i­cal elite and the poor res­i­dents.

“When I started the Black His­tory Month Speaker Se­ries last year, my vi­sion was for it to grow to a point where we could host dif­fer­ent events through­out the month which would pro­vide in­ter­est for the cam­pus and com­mu­nity while at­tract­ing schol­ars,” said Dr. Seith Weitz, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of his­tory at Dal­ton State.

Hob­son earned a doc­tor­ate in his­tory fo­cus­ing on African Amer­i­can His­tory and 20th Cen­tury U.S. His­tory from the Univer­sity of Illinois at Ur­bana-Cham­paign. His re­search is grounded in African Amer­i­can his­tory, 20th Cen­tury U.S. his­tory, African Amer­i­can stud­ies, oral his­tory and ethnog­ra­phy, ur­ban and ru­ral his­tory, po­lit­i­cal econ­omy, and pop­u­lar cul­tural stud­ies

Hob­son en­gages the so­cial sci­ences and has cre­ated a new par­a­digm called the Black New South that ex­plores the ex­pe­ri­ences of black folk in the Amer­i­can South, with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional im­pli­ca­tions, since WWII. For this, he has served as an expert wit­ness in court cases and as a voice of in­sight for doc­u­men­taries, films, pub­lic his­tor­i­cal mark­ers, mon­u­ments, and mu­seum ex­hi­bi­tions.

The Black His­tory Month Speaker Se­ries is hosted by the Of­fice of Aca­demic Af­fairs and the Dal­ton State Foun­da­tion.


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