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Prof. John Dittmer's Book Cited in Reno Gazette-Journal

January 19, 2004

January 19, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - In 1964, "65 homes and buildings in Mississippi were burned or bombed, including 35 churches, according to John Dittmer's book Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Among those killed were three civil rights volunteers,” notes Nevada's Reno Gazette-Journalin a story on Reno's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday and the state's civil rights history. Dr. Dittmer is emeritus professor of history at DePauw University.

An acclaimed civil rights historian, John Dittmer joined the DePauw University faculty in 1985. He was the recipient of the 1999 Exemplary Teaching Award from the General Board of Higher Education Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Dittmer's special area of interest is the civil rights movement in Mississippi, which he has studied and researched for more than 30 years. His book, Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, was published in 1994 and received the prestigious Herbert G. Gutman Award, the Lillian Smith Book Award, the McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society and the Bancroft Prize. The New York Times named Dittmer's book one of the “Notable Books of 1994.” Julian Bond called Local People "the definitive analytical history of the black freedom movement in the nation's most recalcitrant state."

Access the article in the Reno Gazette-Journal by clicking here.

Dr. Dittmer wrote an article on the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and its role in the 1964 Democratic National Convention that was published in the October issue of Yes!: A Journal of Positive Futures. Read more by clicking here. John Dittmer is also a featured speaker at today's Greencastle celebration of Dr. King's birthday. Read more here.

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