Change Is Gonna Come: The Civil Rights Movement and American Culture

Course Dates: 
6 weeks: March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 2018
Tuesdays: 9-11 a.m.
Carol Rogoff Hallstrom
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Spring

Is social change a cause or a result of the cultural climate in which it occurs? Did the music of Sam Cook and the literature of Ralph Ellison and the arrival of Jackie Robinson influence the rise of the civil rights movement? Did the rise of the civil rights movement lead to a revolution in the music, literature and sports of the time? Beginning with an historical perspective of the civil rights movement, we will examine each of these fields to explore our core question.

Course outline

Carol Rogoff Hallstrom ( is a retired attorney with deep roots in the civil rights movement. She worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as a staff member and field secretary for four years, participating in sit-ins, freedom rides and voter registration campaigns before the passage of the Civil Rights and the Voting Right Acts. Carol maintains her anti-racism work in Asheville. Other presenters are: Catherine Frank holds three degrees in English from UNC Chapel Hill and is executive director for OLLI at UNC Asheville. Larry Griswold worked at Sports Illustrated for much of his magazine publishing career and has taught sports history courses at College for Seniors since 2011. Jim Lenburg is a retired professor of history and humanities at Mars Hill University and began teaching courses at College for Seniors in 2009—and loves every minute of it. Joe Sasfy spent more than 30 years in the music business as a writer and consultant.