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Marcia Chatelain

Marcia Chatelain, PhD, is professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. Her first book, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, examined the experiences of girls and young women who were part of the mass migration of African Americans from the Deep South to Chicago. Her forthcoming book, From Sit-In to Drive Thru: Fast Food and Black America, explores the relationship between black business and civil rights. Chatelain is a public voice on the history of African American children and race in America. In 2014, she organized #FergusonSyllabus, an influential scholarly social media response to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, that led to similar online initiatives and has shaped curricular projects at the K–12 and college levels. Chatelain is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and holds a PhD in American Civilization from Brown University.

The University of La Verne’s annual Frederick Douglass Human Rights Lecture honors the pre-eminent American author, orator, statesman, and human rights advocate. The most influential African-American leader of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass’ writings and speeches were powerful testimonies in the movement to end slavery. The lecture takes place during Black History Month and addresses issues related to peace and justice.