Danielle McGuire is the award-winning author of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance-a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf, 2010) and Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement (UKY Press, 2011).
She is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Wayne State University and is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, BookTV, and dozens of local radio stations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and South America. Her popular essays on Rosa Parks, the civil rights movement and the intersections of race, sex and violence have appeared online on the Huffington Post, TheGrio.com, TheRoot.com, the Hollywood Reporter and CNN.com. She is currently writing a book about the 1967 Algiers Motel murders and lives with her family in metro Detroit.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
African American freedom struggle
Intersections of racial and sexual violence
Women's and gender history
McGuire is currently at work on a book about the 1967 Algiers Motel murders in Detroit. The story of the Algiers Motel murders and subsequent trials, the main narrative thread of the forthcoming Murder in the Motor City, captures in its tragic horrir, the often hidden infrastructure of northern racism and white supremacy. From rabid residential segregation and job discrimination to racialized and sexualized violence to economic and educational disparties and the everyday injustices and biased sentencing in the judicial system, racial inequality and segregation in Detroit was every bit as virulent as it was in the South. Maybe it was even worse.
- Ph.D., History, Rutgers University, 2007
- M.A., African American Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1999
- B.A., African American Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997
Awards and grants
2009-present: Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians
2012-present, Elected member, Society of American Historians
2012: Japanese Residency Award, Yamaguchi University, Organization of American Historians
2011: Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians
2011: Lillian Smith Book Award, the Southern Regional Council and the University of Georgia Libraries
2011: Frederick Jackson Turner Award (best first book on an American subject), Organization of American Historians
2011: Darlene Clark Hine Award, Honorable Mention, Organization of American Historians
2008: Lerner-Scott Prize (best dissertation in women’s history), Organization of American Historians
2007: Allan Nevins Prize (Literary Distinction in the Writing of History), runner up, Society of American Historians
2005: A. Elizabeth Taylor Article Prize, Southern Association for Women Historians
2003: Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, Organization of American Historians
Murder in the Motor City: The Detroit Riot and American Injustice (Knopf, manuscript in progress)
Freedom Rights: New Perspectives of the Civil Rights Movement, eds. Danielle L. McGuire and John Dittmer, (University Press of Kentucky, 2011)
“The Maid and Mr. Charlie: Rosa Parks and the Struggle for Black Women’s Bodily Integrity,” in Leslie Brown, Jacqueline Castledine, and Annie Valk, eds. U.S. Women’s History: Untangling the Threads of Sisterhood (Rutgers University Press, 2017)
“A Tribute to the Women: Rewriting History, Retelling Herstory in Civil Rights” with Evelyn Simien, Politics and Gender, Vol.10, Issue 3, September 2014, pp. 413-431
“The Radical Rosa Parks,” Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies (Japan), Vol. 7, March 2013, p. 53-60. Translated into Japanese by Masa Fujinaga.
“Joan Little and the Triumph of Testimony,” in Danielle McGuire and John Dittmer, eds., Freedom Rights: New Perspectives of the Civil Rights Movement (University Press of Kentucky, 2011)
“It Was Like We Were All Raped: Sexualized Violence, Community Mobilization and the African American Freedom Struggle,” Journal of American History, Vol. 91, No. 3, December 2004; p. 906-931.
Danielle McGuire is on leave for 2016-2017
- HIS 3150 (African American History Since 1865)
- HIS 3155 (African American History--from Black Power to Barack Obama)
- HIS 1040: United States Since 1945
- The Civil Rights Movement
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