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Matthew Countryman

Matthew Countryman

Matthew Countryman is the chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, History and American Culture, at the University of Michigan.

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2020 uprisings, unprecedented in scope, join a long river of struggle in America

By: - June 9, 2020

The river was the metaphor that best captured “the long, continuous movement” of the black freedom struggle for theologian, historian and civil rights activist Vincent Harding. Harding, who had served as a speechwriter for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote in his groundbreaking 1981 study of African-American history, “There is a River: The Black Struggle […]