William Sturkey is an associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Dr. Sturkey teaches courses in modern American history with a focus on race in the South and the 1960s. He is the author of Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White and the co-editor of To Write in the Light of Freedom: The Newspapers of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Schools. Sturkey is currently writing a biography of Vietnam War hero Roy Benavidez. He is an engaging public speaker and author who has published essays or op-eds in a variety of venues including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic.