Counter Histories: Rock Hill

In January 1961, a group of young men were arrested in Rock Hill, South Carolina, following a peaceful attempt to desegregate the McCrory’s lunch counter.

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We are proud to share Counter Histories, a film series that documents the 1960s struggle to desegregate Southern restaurants.

Clay Risen: The Bill of the Century

Clay Risen, author of The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act, spoke about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the 17th Southern Foodways Symposium. Film by Hed Hi Media.

OKRACAST: Lunch Counters and Civil Rights

Welcome to Okracast, the podcast of the Southern Foodways Alliance! This week we’re commemorating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark legislation desegregating places of public accommodation. The law was largely made possible by courageous demonstrators who protested in public spaces like beaches, libraries and lunch counters. We’ll hear from Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, a … Continued

Fall 2014 Symposium Speaker Spotlight: Marcie Cohen Ferris

This year, SFA commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and ask questions about inclusion and exclusion in the modern South, taking into account old and new imperatives like ethnicity, sexuality, diet, class, gender, and race. We’ve invited back Marcie Cohen Ferris, to join the conversation.

Fried Catfish with the Klan

In, Ever is a Long Time, Eubanks writes of his conversations with men who were once involved with the Sovereignty Commission. Ralph Eubanks shared fried catfish with Denson Lott, former Superintendent of Education and ex-Klansman and Chinese food with Horace Harned, retired state senator who served on the Sovereignty Commission from 1964 to 1968.