Degree Name

MA in Conflict Transformation

First Advisor

John Ungerleider


Research has shown a connection between regional and racial identity in the South with much emphasis on the role it has played in exacerbating racial conflict and divisions. In 2013, Birmingham launched a year-long campaign entitled 50 Years Forward to reflect on the events that led to the passing of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and celebrate the progress made over the last five decades. Through research and interviews, this paper seeks to explore the connection between identity and racial conflict in the South by analyzing the history of racial exploitation, class struggle, and the Civil Rights Movement in shaping racial attitudes and identity conflict, how it has affected current perceptions of race and identity among Birmingham residents, and recommendations for bridging the racial and socioeconomic divides.


Political History | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social History