Crystal R. Sanders, 2020–21 | National Humanities Center

Crystal R. Sanders (NHC Fellow, 2020–21)

Project Title

America’s Forgotten Migration: Black Southerners’ Quest for Graduate Education in the Age of Jim Crow

The Pennsylvania State University

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2020–21

Crystal R. Sanders completed a substantial portion of her forthcoming book America’s Forgotten Migration: The Black Pursuit for Graduate Education During the Age of Jim Crow (under contract with UNC Press; expected 2023). She also wrote a book chapter titled “‘In the Face of Her Splendid Record’: Willa Cofield Johnson and Teacher Dismissal in the Civil Rights Era” for Teaching to Transgress, edited by John Hale, Derrick Aldridge, and Tondra Loder-Jackson (University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming) and began work on two scholarly articles that examine African Americans’ fight for educational equality. She also wrote two think pieces for the Washington Post placing current events in their larger historical context.