Crystal R. Sanders

Crystal R. Sanders

Crystal R. Sanders is an award-winning historian, author, and speaker. From a young age, African American history has been her passion. She believes that it is important to not simply focus on “the two-dimensional story of oppression and submission” during the Jim Crow era of segregation and black disfranchisement. Sanders explores African Americans’ everyday acts of resistance and resiliency throughout the twentieth century in efforts to secure the rights and privileges of American citizenship. After reading A Chance for Change, you will see how black women used Head Start as a form of resistance in the "most southern place on Earth." Sanders's work can also be found in the Journal of Southern History, the North Carolina Historical Review, and the Journal of African American History. She is currently writing a book on black southerners' efforts to secure graduate education during the age of Jim Crow. For more information, visit and follow her on Twitter: @profcsanders.
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