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Kimberly Nichols webpage


Professor Kimberly Nichols

Associate Adjunct Faculty



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Greetings! I am an online history instructor for Northeast Texas Community College.  I live in Memphis, Tennessee so fear not those that cannot locate me on campus… I am not there!  If you are interested in taking the U.S. History survey courses online, please review the syllabi that I have posted to get an understanding of the course requirements.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!


A bit about myself: I am the daughter of a career U.S. Army soldier, who has lived in more places than one can count -- and that is not a compliant. I have been able to travel the world, and experience more than most will in a lifetime, and I feel lucky because of it. I naturally became interested in history, and turned my obsession with the past into a profession.  My specialty is the Civil Rights Movement, hence why I ended up in Memphis, TN.  One of my most proud achievements is working for the National Civil Rights Museum on their expansion project to include the boarding house, from which James Earl Ray assassinated Martin Luther King, Jr., as part of their permanent exhibit. Opened to the public on Sept. 28, 2002, Exploring the Legacy, is a 12,800 sq. ft. expansion project aimed at addressing three key questions: 1) Did the Movement die with Dr. King? 2) Was James Earl Ray the assassin? and, 3) What is the legacy of the movement?  There is nothing more fulfilling than making history come alive for future generations.  If you are ever in Memphis, please stop by the Museum!


Syllabi of Courses Taught

·         HIST 1301 online

·         HIST 1302 online



·         PhD, University of Memphis, 2009

o   Major Field of Study: U.S. History Since 1877, with an emphasis on the American Civil Rights Movement

o   Minor Fields of Study: U.S. History to 1877, Modern European History, and Ancient History

o   Dissertation:  “The Civil Rights Underground: Operation Compliance and the Opening of Public Accommodations to All, 1964”

·         MA, University of Memphis, 1997

o   Major Field of Study:

o   Thesis: “Service to All Citizens: Operation Compliance and the Opening of Public Accommodations to All, 1964”

·         BA, Marshall University, 1994

o   Major Field of Study: History

o   Minor Fields of Study: German and Classical Studies

Employment in Academia

·         Fall 2002 to Present

o   Associate Adjunct Faculty                                                                                           

o   Northeast Texas Community College, Mt. Pleasant, TX  

o   Courses Taught: HIST 1301: U.S. History to 1877, HIST 1302: U.S. History since 1877, HIST 2321: World Civilization I, and HIST 2322: World Civilization II

·         Fall 2003 to Spring 2004

o   Faculty                                                                                                                                 

o   Texas A&M University –Texarkana, Texarkana, TX                                                           

o   Courses Taught:               HIST 419: American Social and Intellectual History, HIST 312: Medieval Civilizations, HIST 340: British History, HIST 351: Europe 1815-1920, and HIST 310: Ancient World

·         Fall 2002

o   Adjunct Faulty                                                                                                                  

o   Texas A&M University – Texarkana                                        

o   Courses Taught:               HIST 497: Special Topics: The American Civil Rights Movement

·         Fall 2000 to Fall 2001

o   Research Historian                                                                                                         

o   National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN                       

o   Responsible for conducting historical research for the National Civil Rights Museum’s expansion of their permanent exhibition – formulating exhibit content, conducting historical and legal research, synthesizing content for architectural design and community accessibility.

·         Spring 1999 to Spring 2001

o   Archivist, Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change,                                   

o   University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

o   Responsible for archiving the personal papers of Dr, Benjamin Hooks, form his tenure as the Chairman of the Federation Communication Commission (FCC) and President of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

·         Fall 2006 to Spring 2000

o   Teaching Assistant and Adjunct Faculty                                                                 

o   University of Memphis, Memphis, TN   

o   Courses Taught: HIST 2601: U.S. History to 1877, HIST 2602: U.S. History since 1877, HIST 1301: World Civilization to 1500, and HIST 1302: World Civilization Since 1500



·         Contributor, Organizing Black America: An Encyclopedia of African American Associations, ed. Nina Mjagkij, (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc, 2001). Entries include:                       

o   Alabama Council on Human Relations, pg.25

o   Arkansas Council on Human Relations, pg.65-66

o   Atlanta Conferences for the Study of Negro Problems, pg.82-83

o   Commission on Interracial Cooperation, pg. 175-179

o   Council of Social Agencies, Pasadena, CA, Interracial Commission, pg. 202-203

o   Florida Council on Human Relations, pg. 233

o   Georgia Council on Human Relations, pg. 245

o   Louisiana Council on Human Relations, pg. 315

o   Mississippi Council on Human Relations, pg. 340

o   National Women’s Committee for Civil Rights, pg.491-492

o   Partners for Progress, pg.552-553

o   Potomac Institute, pg. 573

o   Southern Regional Council, pg.638-641

o   Tennessee Council on Human Relations, pg.652

o   Virginia Council on Human Relations, pg. 685

·         Book Review of Brian Ward, ed. Media, Culture, and the Modern African American Freedom Struggle on H-South, H-Net Reviews, January 2002. URL:

·         Book Review of A Fire You Can’t Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Revered Fred Shuttlesworth by Andrew Manis, in Southern Historian, ed. Derek Frisby, (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press: Spring 2000), 85-86.

·         I AM A MAN” Exhibition and Civil Rights Walking Tour, brochure (Memphis: Memphis Heritage, Inc. 2001).


·         The Southern Regional Council and the Civil Rights Movement, presenting “Service for All Citizens: The Southern Regional Council’s Operation Opportunity and the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, October 2003.

·         Fifth Southern Conference on Women’s History, presenting “The Ministry of Presence: White Women’s Participation in Operation Compliance, 1964,” University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, June 2000.

·         The Second Annual Graduate Conference in African American History, serving as panel chair, “Intersecting Perspectives of King: Religion and Memory” University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, October 2000.

·         The First Annual Graduate Conference in African American History, serving as panel commentator, “Civil Rights After World War II” University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, October 1999.

·         Tennessee Conference of Historians, serving as guest paper presenter of “Ella Baker: Freedom Bound” for Joanne Grant of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN, September 1998.

·         Mid-American Conference on History, presenting “Memphis Women and the Movement for Restaurant Desegregation,” Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, September 1998.

·         Plessy Revisited: The One-Hundredth Anniversary of the Plessy v. Ferguson Decision Conference, presenting “Dismantling Separate But Equal: The Civil Rights Act of 1864 and the Mobilization for Operation Compliance,” Howard University, Washington, D.C., November 1996.

·         Mid-American Conference on History, presenting “Never Underestimate the Power of Women: Operating Compliance and the Women who Made it Happen,” Washburn University, Topeka, KS, September 1996.

·         Graduate Conference in Southern History, presenting “Lunch Anyone? The Saturday Luncheon Group’s Fight for Compliance in Memphis, Tennessee,” University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, March 1996.

Professional Activities, Honors and Organizational Membership

·         2000 Ruth and Harry Woodbury Fellowship Award Recipient for Outstanding Scholarship in Southern History, University of Memphis

·         1999 Belle McWilliams Internship, University of Memphis

·         Judge of Tennessee’s History Day, yearly since 1995

·         Member of the American Historical Association (AHA), Organization of American Historians (OAH), Southern Historical Associations (SHA), and the Southern Association of Women’s Historians (SAWH)


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