Danielle McGuire - Associate Professor

Danielle McGuire's first book, 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, was published in 2011.  Set between 1940 and 1975, At the Dark End of the Street is the first full-length book to show that in the “tradition of testimony and protest” African American women’s resistance to the ever-present threat and reality of white on black sexual violence galvanized local, national and even international outrage and sparked larger campaigns for racial justice and human dignity. The stories of black women who fought for bodily integrity and personal dignity hold profound truths about the sexualized violence that marked racial politics and African American lives during the modern civil rights movement and it grounds the civil rights movement in the link between the personal and political, an understanding that African American women shared long before second-wave feminists reached the same conclusion. If we understand the role rape and sexual violence played in African Americans’ daily lives and within the larger freedom struggle, we have to reinterpret, if not rewrite, the history of the civil rights movement. At the Dark End of the Street does both, upending traditional narratives and chronologies of the movement by placing black women and their experiences at the center of the struggle where they belong.


McGuire’s second book project will investigate the ways in which ordinary people experienced the 1967 Detroit racial uprising. She will use the murder of three African American men by police at the Algiers Motel and their subsequent trials as the main narrative thread to investigate larger themes central to the uprising, especially police brutality and racial discrimination in the urban North. Her research on the uprising will build upon the work she has already done to illuminate the ways in which racialized violence threatens democracy, how fears about interracial sex serve as catalysts for violence, and the ways in which violence can spark campaigns for justice. It will also add to the rich scholarship on the African American freedom struggle in the North, the growing field of Black Power Studies, the new genre known as the “Long Civil Rights Movement,” and the history of police violence and mass incarceration. More importantly, she hopes that a book filled with intimate, personal narratives will make a complex national story more immediate and accessible to academic and popular audiences and that it will profoundly affect communities that are still struggling with these memories to achieve racial justice and reconciliation.



Ph.D., Rutgers University

M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison

B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison


Select Publications



At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance: a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to Black Power (Knopf, 2010; Vintage paperback, 2011).



Danielle L. McGuire and John Dittmer, eds., Freedom Rights: New Perspectives of the Civil Rights Movement (University Press of Kentucky, 2011).



Articles, Chapters, and Review Essays


“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, 906-931.


Select Awards

Career Development Chair Award, Wayne State University, 2015

Deep South Book Prize, Summersell Center, University of Alabama, 2012 

Elected member, Society of American Historians, 2012

College of Liberal Arts and Science Teaching Award, Wayne State University, 2012

Board of Governor’s Faculty Recognition Award, Wayne State University, 2012

Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2012

Lillian Smith Book Award, Southern Regional Council, 2011

Frederick Jackson Turner Book Award, Organization of American Historians, 2011

Darlene Clark Hine Book Award, Honorable Mention, Organization of American Historians, 2011 

Lerner-Scott Prize, Organization of American Historians, 2008 

Allan Nevins Prize, runner up, Society of American Historians, 2007

A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize, Southern History Association, 2005

Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, Organization of American Historians, 2003


Courses Regularly Taught

African American History from Reconstruction to 1965 (AFS/HIS 3150)

African American History from 1965 to the present: Black Power to Barack Obama (AFS/HIS 3155)

American Civilization Since 1945 (HIS 1050)

The Civil Rights Movement (AFS/HIS 3230) 





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