Dr. Brian Clardy will be in Clinton discussing Black History Month on February 20th.
Green Valley Missionary Baptist Church will host author, professor and distinguished scholar Dr. Brian Clardy on Thursday February 20th at 6:00 pm at the church. The event, cosponsored by the Hickman County Historical and Genealogical Society, is free and open to the public.
Dr. Clardy plans to survey Black History Month, discussing well known figures like Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman, whose life was the subject of the recent movie "Harriet". Other, less well known figures, like Phyllis Wheatley, Benjamin Bannker and Dr. Carter G. Woodson, will be highlighted.
Dr. Clardy is an Associate Professor of History at Murray State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a Master of Public Administration degree from Murray State University. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Historical Studies from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1999.
He has multiple articles to his credit, publishing in the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, the Journal of Church and State, the Flinders Journal of History and Politics, and the Papers of the West Tennessee Historical Papers. His current research involves an analysis of the 1908 Walker family murders in Hickman, Kentucky.
Dr. Clardy received the Marshall Wingfield Award from the West Tennessee Historical Society for his work on the Watergate correspondence of Congressman Ed Jones.
In addition to his academic duties, Dr. Clardy hosts "Cafe Jazz" on NPR station WKMS. "Jazz has been my personal soundtrack; it has lifted me out of valleys and has been my music on high valleys."
His most recent honor is being named to the Kentucky Humanities Council by Governor Andy Beshear.