Janet Allured’s lecture, “Methodist Women in the South: Agents of Progressive Change, 1939–2000,” will focus on the influential role that white and black southern Methodist women played in social reform movements not just in the South but in the nation. The mid-twentieth-century Methodist Church’s structure and ideology, she shows, produced social justice leaders like Jessie Daniel Ames (of the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching), Thelma Stevens and Peggy Billings (antiracist activists from the Mississippi Delta town of McComb), Theressa Hoover (an African American progressive from Arkansas), and Texas’s Sarah Weddington (of Roe v. Wade fame), among others. Professor of history and director of women’s studies at McNeese State University, Allured teaches courses in the history of the New South, Louisiana, American women, and the modern United States. She received her PhD in history from the University of Arkansas in 1989 and is coeditor of Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times, vol. 1, with Judith Gentry, and Louisiana Legacies: Readings in the History of the Pelican State, with Michael Martin.
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