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Mary Rolinson

Lecturer
Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2002
phone: 404-413-6379
e-mail: mrolinson1@gsu.edu

Dr. Rolinson is the author of Grassroots Garveyism: The Universal Negro Improvement Association in the Rural South, 1920-1927 (Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2007). This book is part of the John Hope Franklin Series on African American History and Culture edited by Waldo Martin, Jr. and Patricia Sullivan.

Dr. Rolinson is currently working on two research projects: One is on Mabel Murphy Smythe, an African American woman who was an expert on economic development and politics in the post-World War II era. Smythe became Jimmy Carter's Ambassador to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea as well as deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs. Rolinson's second project is tracing the remains of the Garvey Movement from 1940-1975 through an examination of the Thomas W. Harvey Papers.

Selected Publications

Grassroots Garveyism: The Universal Negro Improvement Association in the Rural South, 1920-1927. The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2007).

“Mabel Murphy Smythe,” African American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).

“Atlanta: Before and After the Olympics,” Perspectives: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association 44 (8) November 2006, 31-32.

“Community and Leadership in the First Twenty Years of the Atlanta NAACP, 1917-1937,” Atlanta History 42 (3) 1998: 5-21.

“Atlanta Negro Voters League,” in Nina Mjagkij, ed. Organizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American Associations (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 2001), 83-84.