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Virginia’s Past, Present, and Future: Lecture my Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
September 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor specializes in 19th-century US history and race. Her first book, “Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War”, is a social history of black activists who, long before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus, fought against segregation on public vehicles. Pryor argues that their protest elevated the cards, compartments, and cabins of public transportation to the frontlines for the battle over equal rights in the 19th century. Her next project, and the focus of this lecture, is a historical and pedagogical study on the n-word framed, in part, by Pryor’s experience as a biracial woman in the United States.