Africana Associate Professor Noliwe Rooks comments on the history of Atlanta in civil rights, and the precariousness of hard-won laws, in the Christian Science Monitor.
“Yes, you can win rights, but protecting those rights is as important as winning them,” says Noliwe Rooks, an American studies professor at Cornell University and a graduate of Atlanta’s historic Spelman College. African-American voters in North Carolina found out that “the law is a piece of paper. It can be torn up just as easily.”
The article originally appeared in the Christian Science Monitor.