Sue Thrasher is an education, writer and civil rights activist.
Thrasher is one of the founding members of the Institute for Southern Studies.
Thrasher attended Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a doctorate in Educational Policy and Research from the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received research fellowship from the Center for the Study of Civil Rights and Race Relations at Duke University.
Civil Rights activism
She became active in the Civil Rights movement after a friend was denied service at a restaurant. Thrasher was one of the early activists in the Southern Students Organizing Committee, and she served as its first executive director.
She has written several books, particularly regarding the Civil Rights movement. She wrote the collaborative volume Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement.
"Here Comes a Wind"
The Institute for Southern Studies' Southern Exposure issue Vol, 4 no 12 issue was entitled "Here Comes a Wind", and focused on labor organizing in the South. Contributors were Groesbeck Parham, Gwen Robinson, Jim Green, Sean Devereux, Carolyn Ashbaugh, Dan McCurry, Mike Krivosh, Jennifer Miller, Don Stillman, Melton McLaurin, Michael Thomason, James E. Youngdahl, Chip Hughes, Len Stanley, Clem Imhoff, Bill Becker, Bill Bishop, Tom Bethell, Elizabeth Tornquist, Ed McConville, Jim Grant, Fran Ansley, Sue Thrasher, David Ciscel, Tom Collins, Larry Rogins, Myles Horton, Higdon Roberts.
Institute for Southern Studies
Founding Board members
|Institute for Southern Studies Incorporating Documents in North Carolina|
The Institute for Southern Studies was incorporated in the state of North Carolina on July 28, 1989. The founding members listed on the incorporation papers:
- Julian Bond President, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Peter Bourne, from Washington, D.C.
- N. Jerold Cohen, from Atlanta, Georgia
- John Lewis, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Marcus Raskin, from Washington, D.C.
- Howard Romaine, from New Iberia, Louisiana
- Robert Sherrill, from Washington, D.C.
- Sue Thrasher Secretary, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Elizabeth Tornquist, from Durham, North Carolina
- Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement "SNCC’s 50th: Thoughts from Sue Thrasher," May 10, 2010
- Scarritt Bennett University "Women of the Civil Rights Movement," Accessed February 12, 2012
- Amazon.com "Author: Sue Thrasher," Accessed February 12, 2012
- Heritage Foundation "Institute for Policy Studies," April 19, 1977
- Southern Changes Volume 4, Number 6, 1982 "Fifty years with Highlander," Accessed February 12, 2012