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UT Humanities Center's Conversations and Cocktails: "Breaking Boundaries" with Brandon K. Winford
"A Dangerous Age: John Hervey Wheeler and the ‘Search for Freedom of Movement’”

This talk examines the activism of banker-lawyer John Hervey Wheeler during the modern civil rights movement. As president of Mechanics and Farmers Bank (M&F Bank), located on Durham's "Black Wall Street," Wheeler became North Carolina’s most influential black power broker and among the top civil rights figures in the South. Wheeler recognized that while direct action represented a shift away from strict reliance on legal tactics, ongoing civil disobedience meant that he was in a better position than ever before to fulfill the ideals of New South prosperity through increased involvement in reform and policymaking at the local, state, and national levels.

Apr 22, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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