On Tuesday, June 19, Francoise N. Hamlin, the Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History, will return to Clarksdale, Miss., where she was once an exchange student, to read from her new book Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta After World War II. The book studies the civil rights movement in Coahoma County, Miss., from 1951 to the present. A native of England, Hamlin describes her time in Clarksdale in 1991 as a life-changing experience which happened somewhat accidentally. She had requested to study in an urban area, but was instead placed at Clarksdale High School where she found herself in the Mississippi Delta, an area still healing from wounds of the civil rights struggle. That experience was the inspiration for her new book.

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