Start Where the People are: Leadership and the Civil Rights Movement


In the first ‘The Arts of Leading’ event of the academic year, aimed at bringing humanities perspectives to bear on the nature of good leadership, Stephen Tuck, Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford, will be joining us to speak on leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. Prof. Tuck’s research focuses on modern race equality struggles in Britain and America with recent books including We Ain’t What We Ought to Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama and The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union: A Transatlantic Story of Antiracist Protest. He will talk about varieties of leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, comparing the leadership model of Martin Luther King with leadership in the movement’s grassroots. This event is intended for those from all disciplines interested in better understanding leadership and will include time to develop ideas of what we might learn about leadership from the Civil Rights Movement through questions and discussion.

Convenor: Ed Brooks ( - The Oxford Character Project/TORCH