Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St Petersburg, FL. He was educated at Princeton University and is the author of several acclaimed and prize-winning books, including Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice and The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America. He is a specialist in the political, social and environmental history of the American South. He has been an active member of the Florida affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union since the early 1980s, he has served two terms as state president and received the Nelson Poynter Civil Liberties Award in 2003. He has served as a consultant for numerous museums and public institutions, including the National Park Service, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Rosa Parks Museum and the United States Information Agency. He has also has lectured on American history and culture in a number of countries, including France, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Norway, Turkey and Jordan.