About the Speakers

Dr. Jon Hale's research focuses on the history of student activism and the intersection of race and educational policy. His research examines the history of student and teacher activism, grassroots educational programs, and segregated high schools during the civil rights movement. He explores this in five authored and co-edited books, including his award-winning work, The Freedom Schools: A History of Student Activists on the Frontlines of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and his most recent texts, The Choice We Face: How Segregation, Race, and Power Have Shaped Americas Most Controversial Education Reform Movement (Beacon Press, 2021) and “A New Kind of Youth”: The Politics of Historically Black High Schools and Student Activism During the Long Southern Freedom Struggle, 1920-1975 (University of North Carolina Press). His research has also been highlighted by C-SPAN, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The New Yorker, the Chicago Tribune, CNN, and The Washington Post. His service to the wider community is connected broadly to civil rights education initiatives including the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools program and the Southern Initiative of the Algebra Project.

This event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice.