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Emory receives ‘historic’ grant to study how black LGBT and civil rights movements intersect

Emory University has received a two-year $234,000 grant to explore how the civil rights movement intersects with today's black LGBT movements.

The grant is the largest awarded to Atlanta-based Emory from the Racial Justice, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity program of the Arcus Foundation, "a global foundation dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people," reports the Emory Report.

"It is historic that the Arcus Foundation has taken this step," Rudolph P. Byrd, the Johnson Institute's founding director and Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies, told the Emory Report.

Ten national scholars and civil rights and LGBT experts will comprise the first-of-its-kind working group will begin meeting this week "to present papers and establish a dialogue with faculty and students," according to the Emory Report.