Laurie Green is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also affiliated with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, the African and African diaspora studies department, and the American studies department. She teaches courses on civil rights history from a comparative perspective, women's history, social and cultural history, and the history of gender, race, and national identity in twentieth-century America. Her first book, Battling the Plantation Mentality: Memphis and the Black Freedom Struggle (2007), won the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award and was a finalist for the OAH Liberty Legacy Foundation Award. Her current book project is entitled "The Discovery of Hunger in America: The Politics of Race, Poverty, and Malnutrition after the Fall of Jim Crow."
In this decade of 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Movement, the antipoverty movement is usually left out of the picture. But is it just an accident that President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the War on Poverty into law the very next month after signing the Civil Rights Act? Or that a large proportion of community antipoverty activists got their start in civil rights struggles? This lecture addresses the crucial, if largely obscured relationship between these two crucial dimensions of 1960s activism.