Call for Undergrad Work on Civil Rights and Race

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Queen City Writers, University of Cincinnati
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The year 2013 marks several important anniversaries related to, directly leading up to, and resulting from the American Civil Rights Movement. To honor these, Queen City Writers will publish undergraduate works related to civil rights and race relations in our Spring 2014 issue. We seek critical essays grounded in research; multimedia pieces including video, audio, photography, and mixed media; rhetorical analyses; and outstanding essays that show thinking "outside the box." Please encourage students from your classes last spring semester, this summer, and this fall to submit their relevant and excellent work.

Queen City Writers is a refereed journal that publishes essays and multimedia work by undergraduate students affiliated with any post-secondary institution. Our Spring 2014 issue will be themed, but we always seek thought-provoking undergraduate essays and multimedia works related to our focus on writing, rhetoric, reading, literacy, popular culture and media, community discourses, and multimodal and digital composing. For a full explanation of our focus and submission guidelines, please see and encourage your students to see: We do require a brief faculty verification email for every submission, so please expect to hear from us if your student submits work. For more information or to see if our journal is a good fit for your students' works, see us at Contact editors at

Though we do not wish to receive historical analyses or summaries, these are some anniversaries that might get your students thinking as they select topics that will work for your class and the Spring 2014 issue of our journal: 1863—President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. 1868—The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution defines citizenship and nullifies the Dred Scott Case. 1913—Rosa Parks is born. 1963—Martin Luther King Jr. pens his "Letter from Birmingham Jail"; activists March on Washington; King makes his "I Have a Dream" speech; four young girls attending Sunday School are killed in a church bombing. 1968—Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated and President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act. 2008—Barack Obama becomes the first African-American elected to President of the United States. 2013—President Obama is inaugurated for his second term.