The Baylor University Department of History Presents Black History Month Lecture Dr. Debbie Z. Harwell
"Wednesdays in Mississippi: White Gloves and Quiet Power as Catalysts for Change"
Wednesday, February 5, 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Debbie Z. Harwell is the Managing Editor for Houston History, a magazine published by the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. She began her collegiate academic career at Texas Christian University where she was an honors graduate in Speech Communication and an award-winning debater. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies at the University of Memphis. She earned her Ph.D. in History at the University of Houston in 2012, where she also teaches courses on United States and Houston history for the Honors College.
Dr. Harwell is the author of Wednesdays In Mississippi: Proper Ladies Working for Radical Change (University Press of Mississippi, 2014), which offers a new dimension to the traditional narrative of the modern civil rights movement by examining the contributions of middle-class women operating across regional, racial, and religious boundaries in order to advance the grassroots operations of the African American freedom struggle in the 1960s. An article-length version of this research first appeared in the prestigious Journal of Southern History, and she also has published numerous articles on a variety of local topics in Houston History.