History Department to host talk on backlash against the Civil Rights Movement

Feb 4, 2016 | Liberal Arts

In commemoration of Black History Month, Louisiana Tech University’s history department will sponsor, “The Southern Manifesto: Massive Resistance and the Fight to Preserve Segregation,” by Dr. John Kyle Day, an associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
posterThe talk will take place at the Lincoln Parish Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 and is free and open to the public.
In this discussion, Day will recount the history of the Southern Manifesto, a statement issued by white southern segregationist politicians in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic 1954 Brown decision, which outlawed school segregation and ushered in the civil rights movement’s era of direct action protest. Day will not only narrate the story of Southern Manifesto, which he sees as modern America’s “single worst episode of racial demagoguery,” but he will also explain “the statement’s impact upon both the struggle for black freedom and the larger racial dynamics of postwar America.”
The talk is based on Day’s recent book, “The Southern Manifesto: Massive Resistance and the Fight to Preserve Segregation,” published by the University Press of Mississippi. Day’s talk is jointly sponsored by the Louisiana Tech history department, the Lincoln Parish Library and the Lambda-Rho chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, with the support of the McGinty Trust.
For additional information, contact Dr. David M. Anderson, associate professor of history and coordinator of Black History Month events at Louisiana Tech, at 318-257-2872 or by email at Additional information on Day’s book can be found at
Written by Judith Roberts –