Abstract 15- Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2009

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2009




Ms. Lillie M. H. Fincher: A Luminary African American Educator in Pre and Post Integration in the South

Lois McFadyen Christensen
The University of Alabama at Birmingham


This piece is about how elementary and secondary social studies students participate in transformational social studies education for social justice through oral history. The exemplar oral history illustrated is through the life of a exemplary educator, Ms. Lillie M. H. Fincher was a former social studies specialist in the Birmingham Schools and a civic activist. How she ushered in integration with her students in the early 1970s and the ways in which Ms. Fincher influenced students, imprinted lasting impressions, and made differences in their lives forever. This is the spirit of transformational social justice.

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About the Author(s)…

Lois McFadyen Christensen is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She teaches and researches elementary social studies methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as research methods, critical theory, and the Civil Rights Movement. She coauthored a new Sage Publication.

Contact information: University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, 109 EB, 901 13th South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1240; Email: lmchrist@uab.edu