A lecture by Gregg Andrews, distinguished professor emeritus of history at Texas State University, originally set for Thursday, Oct. 11, has been cancelled.
Andrews’ lecture will focus on “Thyra J. Edwards: Black Activists in the Global Freedom Struggle,” his biography of Thrya J. Edwards, a woman who in 1938 was called the embodiment of the spirit of Afraamerican womanhood. She was a lecturer, writer, social worker, labor organizer, advocate of women’s rights and, above all, a civil rights activist. While she achieved international celebrity, Edwards’ life received little attention from historians until Andrews’ biographical study.
Andrews is a labor historian whose awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Humanities. In addition to having published several articles and anthology essays, he is the author of three scholarly books, two of which have won national awards. His books are: “Shoulder to Shoulder? The American Federation of Labor, the United States, and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1924,” “Insane Sisters: Or, the Price Paid for Challenging a Company Town” and “City of Dust: A Cement Company Town in the Land of Tom Sawyer.”
Andrews, who is also a published singer-songwriter and assistant editor of the Journal of Texas Music History, uses public performances, classrooms and scholarship to integrate music and history. He is currently working on a book on Texas labor and working-class culture during the Great Depression. His current work includes a study of black longshoremen in the Galveston strike of 1920, and of the larger struggle of black trade unionists against racial segregation and discriminatory practices in the Texas State Federation of Labor.
Andrews has a Ph.D. in American labor history from Northern Illinois University. He spent most of his academic career in the Department of History at Texas State University.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Peter Buckingham, 503-883-2479, firstname.lastname@example.org.