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Three pivotal decades of race relations in America

February 13, 2017

Trace the fight for racial justice in the modern era

Marlborough, UK. Discover the work of the Race Relations Department based at Fisk University, a highly influential think tank which emerged as a centre of scholarly investigation and public conversation on civil rights in the twentieth century.

The extensive records of the Department, housed at the Amistad Research Center, are available now in Race Relations in America, a new online collection from Adam Matthew. Presenting fascinating speeches, reports, surveys and analyses, the resource sheds light on the Civil Rights Movement, segregation, discrimination and racial theory in America between 1943-1970.

“A rare opportunity to track the fight for racial justice in the modern era. There are few collections that can rival it for tracking the evolution of civil rights thought and effort over time”- John Giggie, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, and Director of the Summersell Center for the Study of the South

Research different responses to challenges of overcoming prejudice and racial tensions and listen to hours of transcribed audio recordings of eminent sociologists, anthropologists and civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King Jr.: “America owes a great debt of gratitude to Fisk University for providing this type of institute for our nation. And it means a great deal for the crisis which we now confront in the area of race relations.”

Set up by the American Missionary Association to investigate problem areas in race relations and develop methods for educating communities and preventing conflict, the work of the Department played a key role in documenting issues in civil rights during three pivotal decades.

Race Relations in America is available now, complementing the previously released African American Communities. For more information or a free 30-day trial, please contact


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The Amistad Research Center was established by the United Church Boards of Homeland Ministries at Fisk University in 1966 to house the historical records of the American Missionary Association. In 1969 Amistad became an independent non-profit organization, and the following year, it relocated to Dillard University in New Orleans. By the early 1980s, Amistad moved to the United States Mint building in the French Quarter. In 1986, Amistad sought a permanent home, and through the efforts of a coalition in New Orleans, found its permanent location on the campus of Tulane University, where the Center has resided since 1987.

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