Director of African American Studies
Office Location and Mailing Address: Peck Hall, Room 224E.
MTSU Box 23
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
FIELDS: African American History and American South
BIOGRAPHY: I have a keen interest in 20th century social movements, particularly young people's
role in antiwar protests, Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and the Women's
Liberation Movement (or Second Wave feminist movement). My first book examines the
NAACP youth councils and college chapters' activism from 1936-1965 to achieve equality
for black Americans. Currently, I am researching the influences the Young Turks (who
were militant, young black professionals) and Black Power on the NAACP and its youth
organizations during the 1960s.
UNDEGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:
GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT:
Bynum, Thomas L. NAACP Youth and the Fight for Black Freedom. Knoxville: University of Tennessee, 2013.
Bynum, Thomas L. "'We Must March Forward': Juanita Jackson and the Origins of the
NAACP Youth Movement," Journal of African American History, Vol. 94, No. 4, Special Issue: "Documenting the NAACP's First Century" (Fall 2009),
Bynum, Tommy L. and Tara White. "The Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee," in Tennessee Electronic History Reader, ed. Amy Sayward. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007.
Southern Regional Education Board Scholars Program Dissertation Award (2007)
Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar (2006)
W. E. B. Du Bois Fellow, Harvard University, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute (2006).
WORKS IN PROGRESS:
"Old Guard verses New Guard: Young Turks, Black Power and the NAACP," to be submitted to the Journal of American History.
Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2007.
M.A., Clark Atlanta University, 1995.
B. S., Barton College, 1993.