Academic Historian

Shirley Ann Wilson Moore is Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in African American history, Western U.S. history, and oral history. Dr. Moore has published: To Place Our Deeds: The African American Community in Richmond, California, 1910-1963 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000), recipient of the City of Richmond Historical Preservation Award, 2000; and African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000, co-editor, Quintard Taylor (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003), recipient of the American Library Association CHOICE Award, 2004.

She is also the author of numerous journal articles and essays including: ”No Cold Weather to Grapple With: African American Expectations of California, 1900-1950,” Journal of the West, vol. 44, no. 2, Spring 2005 and “`Her Husband Didn’t Have a Word to Say’: Black Women and Blues Clubs in Richmond, California During WWII,” in Monroe and Wilma Billington, eds., African Americans in the Early Twentieth Century West, (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2007).

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Fannie Jackson Coppin Club

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