Sue Thrasher

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Sue Thrasher

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

After the breakup of Southern Student Organizing Committee two former members, Howard Romaine and Sue Thrasher, were instrumental in forming the Institute for Southern Studies with Julian Bond.

"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

Thrasher was listed as a board member for the Institute for Southern Studies.[4]

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:

Other activism

Thrasher has also been involved with the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee. She worked at the organization and at one point served on the board of directors.[5]