1/30: Fast Food, Civil Rights: McDonald’s and Black America in the Post-King Years

Fast Food Civil Rights presents the hidden history of how fast food giant McDonald’s moved from the suburbs to the inner-city with help from an array of characters from civil rights activists, black capitalists, and business executives.  In examining the politics and policies that supported fast food in post-1968 America, this presentation uncovers the roots of our contemporary conversations about food deserts, labor issues, and the pervasive battle to fight racism in U.S. cities.

Marcia Chatelain is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University, and the author of the book, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015).  Chatelain recently served on Georgetown’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.  Chatelain is the recipient of fellowships from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, New America, the Ford Foundation, and has recently been named a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.

Monday, January 30, 2017
4:00pm- 5:30pm
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program.  It meets weekly during the academic year.  The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support.