Dr. Willie Griffin is a civil rights scholar, educator and Charlotte native. He recently served as Assistant Professor of African American History at The Citadel. He holds a doctorate in U.S. history from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he produced a groundbreaking biography of Trezzvant W. Anderson, an unsung Charlotte native, journalist and remarkable national civil rights figure. Griffin also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history and African American studies from Morgan State University and Morehouse College respectively.

Our Historian offerings provide corporate, groups, and community and faith-based organizations the opportunity to delve deeper into topics such as civil rights, economic and social mobility, southern history.

Booking prices start at $250. For more information and to book Dr. Willie Griffin for your event, please contact Brittany Brathwaite at bbrathwaite@museumofthenewsouth.org.


Charlotte and the New South

This presentation will include a discussion of:

  • key economic, political, and social changes in the region since the end of the Civil War; and

  • an overview of how the institution of slavery shaped the region leading up to this period.


Roving Thru Southland, USA: Trezzvant W. Anderson and the Making of the Modern Civil Rights Movement  

This presentation explores the current research project of Dr. Willie Griffin, staff historian of Levine Museum of the New South and provides an overview of his biography, tentatively entitled One of Gods Angry Men, which uncovers the life of one of the nation’s most unsung Civil Rights leaders, Trezzvant W. Anderson. 


Through A Local Lens: A History of the Development of the Modern Civil Rights Movement  

This presentation on the development of the modern Civil Rights Movement takes audiences through the struggles and accomplishments by black Americans in the Piedmont region including a discussion of:

  • access to equal citizenship rights from the era emergence of the Modern Welfare State in the 1930s to the current era of Black Lives Matter;

  • expansions through the era of the Great Depression, the New Deal, the Black Awakening of 1920s and 1930s, and World War II; and

  • progression from the televised Civil Rights Movement of 1950 and 1960s to Black Lives Matter.  


The Great Migration, World War I, and the Rise of Black Radicalism



This presentation on the roots of black radicalism explores the contradictions of World War I, a war that America helped fight supposedly to make the world safe for democracy, yet democracy for African Americans in general, and black veterans, remained elusive in the United States.


Black Wall Streets, USA

This presentation will consider the contentious history of the emergence and destruction of black business districts throughout America including:

  • exploring those important districts in Durham, Tulsa, Atlanta and Charlotte; and

  • considering the works of John T. Williams, Thad Tate, Zachariah Alexander, and Ceasar R. Blake, Jr.


K(NO)W JUSTICE, K(NO)W PEACE: A History of Policing in Charlotte’s African American Community and the Origins Black Lives Matter Charlotte

This presentation explores the history of policing in Charlotte’s African American community through an examination of important case studies beginning with the infamous 1868 Lee Dunlap case.