Professor Ray Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. From 1980 to 1987, he was the co-director of the Fulbright Commission’s Summer Institute on American Studies at the University of Minnesota; he has served as a consultant for numerous museums and public institutions, including the National Civil Rights Museum, The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Rosa Parks Museum. Professor Arsenault received his B.A. Degree from Princeton University in 1969 and his Ph.D. Degree from Brandeis University in 1981. He is the author of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice (Oxford University Press, 2006), for which he received The Owsley Prize, and other books on Civil Rights Movement History, including “The Changing South of Gene Patterson: Journalism and Civil Rights from 1960-1968,” and his latest book, “The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America” (Bloomsbury Press, 2009). A member of the Florida affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, he served two terms as state president. He received the Nelson Poynter Civil Liberties Award in 2003.