Patricia Sullivan is a professor of history at the University of South Carolina and served as codirector of a series of summer institutes at Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute on "Teaching the History of the Civil Rights Movement" from 1995 to 2017. Her publications include Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy's America in Black and White (2021)Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement (2009), Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from the Civil Rights Years (2003), and Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era (1996). Her current projects include a reconsideration of Civil RIghts, Race, and Politics from the 1930s through the 1960s.
1966 was a pivotal year in the struggle for Civil Rights and Black Freedom, a year when the intense civic engagement and the demands for racial justice that fueled the Civil Rights Movement converged in loosely aligned efforts to confront deeper structures of racial division and inequality. Such a reckoning was critical to moving the country in a new direction. For a moment, there appeared to be an alternative to the urban blight, law-and-order politics and racialized criminal justice policies that would shape “post-Civil Rights” America.