The Dewey M. Clayton Collection – Social Movements, Political Discourse & Racial Justice

Dewey M. Clayton, professor of political science at the University of Louisville, is an expert on American politics and U.S. social movements. His most recent book is The Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama: a critical analysis of a racially transcendent strategy. He is also the author of numerous scholarly articles including “Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights Movement: A Comparative Analysis of Two Social Movements in the United,” “The Impact of Donald Trump’s Presidency on the Well-Being of Black Americans,” and Two Nations: Black and White, Separate and Unequal.” Professor Clayton is a lifelong educator and the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award. He was most recently awarded the University of Louisville, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award for Service to the Community in 2020.

Professor Clayton shares three original teaching resources with Educate. Together these resources introduce the role of political discourse, constituent power, social movements and the law in shaping racial inequality and justice. He also shares two public-facing resources. His op-ed in the Louisville Courier-Journal explores Congressman John Lewis’ legacy over contemporary American politics. Professor Clayton also shares a televised panel he recently participated in discussing the power of the image in shaping political perceptions of black freedom struggles.


Teaching Resources:

  1. Political Discourse Syllabus
  2. Race, Law and Politics Syllabus
  3. Teaching Social Justice: Using the Civil Rights Movement in the Classroom
  4. “John Lewis: A Lifetime Warrior” Louisville Courier-Journal
  5. “The Image of Black Lives Matter” panel discussion.

Educate’s #BLM resource collection is part of APSA’s Diversity and Inclusion Program initiative to amplify research and teaching on systemic racism and social justice.

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