Marshall University's next speaker in the Civil Rights Lecture Series will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Foundation Hall, at 5th Avenue and John Marshall Drive.
Danielle McGuire will discuss her recent book, "At the End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance." A book signing will follow the lecture.
Her books gives some background to the life of Rosa Parks, who is best known for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to white person in 1955.
Eleven years earlier, however, Parks was a field worker with the NAACP. Her first case was to investigate a brutal attack and rape of a black woman who was heading home from church in Abbeville, Ala., when she was attacked by seven white men armed with knives and guns.
Parks obtained testimonies and partial confessions despite a multitude of death threats. Although the six men who committed the crime were acquitted by an all-white and all-male jury, Parks was the first to force a number of southern police departments to investigate this and countless other crimes. By the 1950s, Rosa Parks was securing convictions.The event is free and open to the public.