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Larry H. Spruill

Portrait of Larry Spruill Ph.D.

Lecturer: Course 7


Dr. Spruill is a history professor at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia. He has had a long career in education and educational leadership. He is currently writing a novel about four generations of New York women spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries in New York. He serves as the Municipal Historian of Mount Vernon, New York. His list of publications range from theology to children's stories to a historical cookbook. He is an exhibiting fine art photographer and has recently returned from a twenty-one day tour of Ethiopia.

He is most proud of his 1983 doctoral dissertation, "Southern Exposure, Photojournalism and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968." It has been highly acclaimed and resulted in consultantships with several book publishers and television programs on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the struggle for racial equality. His thesis remains the seminal work on Dr, King, photojournalism, and the movement. "Southern Exposure" was authoritatively cited in David Garrow's 1987 Pulitzer Prize winning book, Bearing The Cross. It was acknowledged in Hank Klibanoff"s 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning book The Race Beat as a critical source in his work. "Southern Exposure" is being rewritten and edited for publication. Dr. Spruill has traced his family's roots from 18th century North Carolina through Barbados to what is now called Nigeria.


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