Distinguished Lecturers
Kevin Mumford

Kevin Mumford

Kevin Mumford is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches African American history, civil rights, and the history of sexuality. He is author of Interzones: Black/White Sex Districts in Chicago and New York in the Early Twentieth Century (1997), Newark: A History of Race, Rights, and Riots in America (2007) and Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men From the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis (2016). He was also a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow and a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. He is at work on a study of hate crimes and anti-violence in the Age of Reagan. 

OAH Lectures by Kevin Mumford

In the 1980s, advocates and governments noticed an increase in violent crimes based on religion, race and ethnicity, and sexual orientation. This talk examines key cases of bias assaults and both the civic, local organizational response and that of state and federal government. The result was the important Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990.

In the 1980s, advocates and governments noticed an increase in violent crimes based on religion, race and ethnicity, and sexual orientation. This talk examines key cases of bias assaults and both the civic, local organizational response and that of state and federal government. The result was the important Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990.

This lecture surveys the contributions of black gay men to the social movements of their times--from civil rights and black power to gay liberation and AIDS activism. It also examines the sources of stigma and silences and evaluates two generation of black gay men's responses and resistance to prejudice. Major themes include black masculinity, sexual objectification, religion and social community, and the ongoing search for inclusion, recognition, and equality.

This lecture examines the events leading up to the passage of key hate crimes legislation in the 1980s and 1900s.


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