Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries joined the History Department at the rank of assistant professor in autumn 2003. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he received his B.A. in history from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1994, his M.A. in American history from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina in 1997, and his Ph.D. in twentieth century American history from Duke University in 2002. He was promoted to associate professor in 2009. Dr. Jeffries specializes in 20th century African American history and has an expertise in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. He is the author of the newly released BLOODY LOWNDES: CIVIL RIGHTS AND BLACK POWER IN ALABAMA'S BLACK BELT (New York University Press, 2009). BLOODY LOWNDES tells the remarkable story of the local people and SNCC organizers who ushered in the Black Power era by transforming rural Lowndes County, Alabama from a citadel of violent white supremacy into the center of southern black militancy by creating the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), an all-black, independent, political party that was also the original Black Panther Party. Dr. Jeffries teaches a range of courses in African American and American history, including graduate courses on 20th century African American history (752 and 757), upper level undergraduate courses on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (555), surveys in African American history (323), and surveys in American history (151-152). Dr. Jeffries holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
View Professor Jeffries' discussion about African American history here.