Shifting Landscapes February 21

Gain insight on how white women influenced the White Power Movement through the 20th century with this week’s Shifting Landscapes speaker Elizabeth Gillespie McRae. Women have often been marginalized in segregation studies. However, McRae’s research has built a powerful case that white women of the South played a critical role in protecting white privilege.

Shifting Landscapes speaker, historian Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, Monday, February 21, 7 – 8:30 pm at Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Mason County District Library and Abondia Center continue to explore race and racism in the public lecture series Shifting Landscapes on Monday February 21, with Elizabeth Gillespie McRae presenting White Women’s Role in the White Power Movement at 7-8:30 pm at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, and on Zoom. McRae’s scholarly interests center on race, politics, and education in the postwar United States. She is the Creighton Sossoman Professor of History at Western Carolina University where she also co-directs the Appalachian Oral History Project. McRae is the author of Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy.

This 2021-2022 series is exploring six areas of our lives that have been reshaped during the Covid-19 epidemic and the many events that have occurred in the past 2 years. Race and racism is the fourth topic in the Shifting Landscapes series.

In asking questions about the nature and purpose of racism, the Shifting Landscapes’ series seeks to address questions on people’s minds. It also hopes the information helps people get more from news sources, as well as professionals and others about social issues and news that matters to them.

Shifting Landscapes series focuses this month on race and racism Feb 21- White Women’s Role in the White Power Movement). Additional topics include Truth in Politics (Mar 7, 14, 21), and Economics (Apr 4, 11, 18).

Events are free, live or by Zoom. Tickets are not necessary but registration is helpful. To register: To simply join the Zoom presentation, go to The link will be live about 6:45 pm on the day of the presentation. For information check the Mason County District Library website: or contact Thomas Trahey, Mason County District Library at or Brooke Portmann, director of Abondia Center, at

This project has been funded by grants from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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