Law professor, author to talk about "Why Protest Matters" at UAB

Brown-Nagin's book on activism won several major nonfiction prizes in 2012.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Ph.D., professor of law at Harvard University, will give a lecture on “Why Protest Matters” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013. The free, public event will begin with a 6 p.m. reception and will take place in the UAB Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South.

Brown-Nagin’s talk is one of several events in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) College of Arts and Sciences’ Civil Rights Commemorative series, as well as a part of the UAB and City of Birmingham partnership, 50 Years Forward, the ongoing 50th anniversary commemoration of the seminal events of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

Brown-Nagin is the author of “Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement,” which examines “the activism of visionaries — both well-known legal figures and unsung citizens — from across the ideological spectrum who sought something different from, or more complicated than, ‘integration.’” The book, published by Oxford University Press, won the 2012 Bancroft Prize in U.S. History, the 2012 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Award for Non-Fiction and four other major prizes.

Brown-Nagin is a graduate of Yale University Law School and has a doctorate in history from Duke University.