Join us for a Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Day program titled "All Eyes Are Upon Us: Racial Struggles in the Northeast, from Jackie Robinson to Deval Patrick", presented by Jason Sokol, who is an American historian and Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. From Brooklyn to Boston, from World War II through the present, Professor Sokol traces the modern history of race and politics in the Northeast. Why did white fans comes out to support Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball’s color barrier even as Brooklyn’s blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods? How was African-American politician Ed Brooke of Massachusetts, who won a Senate seat in 1966, undone by the resistance to desegregation busing in Boston? Is the Northeast’s history a microcosm of America as a whole: outwardly democratic, but inwardly conflicted over race?
Jason Sokol is the author of three books: “There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights”, “All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn", and most recently, “The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.” He has held fellowships at Harvard, Penn, and Cornell, and all of his books have been reviewed by the Washington Post as well as the New York Times. His books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.
This program is sponsored in part by New Hampshire Humanities, the Friends of the Hooksett Library, the Pembroke Town Library, and the Allenstown Public Library.
Coffee, cookies, and community conversation will follow the program.