Sue Thrasher is an education, writer and civil rights activist.
Thrasher is one of the founding members of the Institute for Southern Studies.
Thrasher attended Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee. She received a doctorate in Educational Policy and Research from the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received research fellowship from the Center for the Study of Civil Rights and Race Relations at Duke University.
Civil Rights activism
She became active in the Civil Rights movement after a friend was denied service at a restaurant. Thrasher was one of the early activists in the Southern Students Organizing Committee, and she served as its first executive director.
She has written several books, particularly regarding the Civil Rights movement. She wrote the collaborative volume Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement.
Institute for Southern Studies
Founding Board members
|Institute for Southern Studies Incorporating Documents in North Carolina|
The Institute for Southern Studies was incorporated in the state of North Carolina on July 28, 1989. The founding members listed on the incorporation papers:
- Julian Bond President, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Peter Bourne, from Washington, D.C.
- N. Jerold Cohen, from Atlanta, Georgia
- John Lewis, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Marcus Raskin, from Washington, D.C.
- Howard Romaine, from New Iberia, Louisiana
- Robert Sherrill, from Washington, D.C.
- Sue Thrasher Secretary, from Atlanta, Georgia
- Elizabeth Tornquist, from Durham, North Carolina
Thrasher has also been involved with the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee. She worked at the organization and at one point served on the board of directors.