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Cynthia Griggs Fleming

Professor Emeritus


Professor Fleming has written extensively on the civil rights movement of the 1960s. She is the author of Soon We Will Not Cry: The Liberation of Ruby Doris Smith Robinson, which received critical acclaim from both scholars and civil-rights activists. She also co-authoredThe Chicago Handbook for College Teachers, which has been widely recognized as an important tool for college teachers, selling 10,000 copies in the first six months after its release. In addition, she has published articles on black activism, black educational history, and African-American identity in such journals as The Journal of Negro HistoryThe Tennessee Historical QuarterlyThe Journal of Women’s History, and The Irish Journal of American Studies. She is currently writing a book, under contract to Rowman & Littlefield, that examines the impact of the civil rights movement on an Alabama Black Belt county. She is also working on an authorized biography of Dr. C.T. Vivian, one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s associates in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

In addition to an African-American Studies survey, Professor Fleming teaches a Blacks in Film course, a History and Philosophy of African-American Education course, an African-American Women in American Society course, and a Civil Rights course.


Ph.D. Duke University, 1977

Selected Publications

  • Soon We Will Not Cry: The Liberation of Ruby Doris Smith Robinson, (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998)
  • The Chicago Handbook for College Teachers, (University of Chicago Press, 1999)

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