Danielle McGuire, PhD is an award-winning author and historian of the African American freedom struggle. Her first book, At the Dark End of the Street (Knopf) won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians and the Lillian Smith Book Award. Her next book, Murder in the Motor City: the 1967 Detroit Riot and American Injustice will be published by Knopf. McGuire is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has appeared on CNN, CBS, Fox2 Detroit, National Public Radio, BookTV (CSPAN) and dozens of local radio stations throughout the world. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Journal of Civil and Human Rights, Politics and Gender, CNN.com, the Hollywood Reporter, the Huffington Post, TheGrio.com, TheRoot.com. She lives with her husband and two children in metro Detroit.

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Murder in the Motor City: The 1967 Detroit Riot and American Injustice

The story of the Algiers Motel murders and subsequent trials, the main narrative thread of Murder in the Motor City, captures, in its tragic horror, the often hidden infrastructure of northern racism and white supremacy. From rabid residential segregation and job discrimination to racialized and sexual violence to ecumenic and educational disparities and the everyday injustices and biased sentencing in the judicial system, racial inequality and segregation in Detroit was every bit as virulent as it was in the South. Maybe even worse.
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Landmark 1959 rape case in Tallahassee, Florida was central to the Civil Rights Movement

Landmark 1959 rape case in Tallahassee, Florida was central to the Civil Rights Movement

In May 1959, four white men kidnapped and raped an African American college student in Tallahassee Florida.  When her classmates at Florida A & M University found out about what happened, they mobilized and demanded justice. Their public protests helped force the local prosecutor to charge the assailants with rape and bring them to trial.

Recy Taylor honored by Congressional Black Caucus
Recy Taylor honored by Congressional Black Caucus

After listening to Oprah Winfrey’s passionate and inspiring speech about Recy Taylor, #TimesUp and the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes in January, the Congressional Black Caucus decided to honor Recy Taylor for her courageous testimony about her brutal rape in 1944.  (Read about Taylor and her history here) Mrs. Recy Taylor passed away on

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Marginalized Women, like Shawana Hall, are Still the Most Vulnerable to Sexual Violence and Rape
Marginalized Women, like Shawana Hall, are Still the Most Vulnerable to Sexual Violence and Rape

Kidada Williams and I partnered to write this story about Shawana Hall for Bridge Magazine, which was published on December 14, 2017. Here it is: Shawana Hall was celebrating her 31st birthday on a cold, rainy night in April 2008, when she met a middle-aged man who asked her to accompany him to a party

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Recy Taylor and How the Civil Rights Movement is Rooted in Resistance to Rape
Recy Taylor and How the Civil Rights Movement is Rooted in Resistance to Rape

Stephen Henderson and I spoke at WDET on Martin Luther King Jr. Day about the Civil Rights Movement and its roots in black women’s demand for bodily integrity. We talked about Recy Taylor, Rosa Parks, and how the entire civil rights movement looks different when viewed through the lens of sexual violence, rape and resistance.

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Praise for Danielle McGuire's most recent book: At the Dark End of the Street

McGuire’s provocative narrative forces readers to rethink what they know about that pivotal moment in U.S. history: its time frame, its actors, its legacy.

Ms. Magazine
Ms. Magazine

At the Dark End of the Street is one of those rare studies that makes a well-known story seem startlingly new. Anyone who thinks he knows the history of the modern civil rights movement needs to read this terrifying, illuminating book.

Kevin Boyle
Kevin BoyleNational Book Award-winner for Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age

McGuire’s “new history” shines fresh light upon the germinal role of black women in the birth and development of the civil rights movement.

Publisher’s Weekly
Publisher's Weekly

Following the lead of pioneers like Darlene Clark Hine, Danielle McGuire details the all too ignored tactic of rape of black women in the everyday practice of southern white supremacy. Just as important, she plots resistance against this outrage as an integral facet of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. This book is as essential as its history is infuriating.

Nell Irvin Painter
Nell Irvin Painterauthor of The History of White People

Just when we thought there couldn’t possibly be anything left to uncover about the civil rights movement, Danielle McGuire finds a new facet of that endlessly prismatic struggle at the core of our national identity. By reinterpreting black liberation through the lens of organized resistance to white male sexual aggression against African-American women, McGuire ingeniously upends the white race’s ultimate rationale for its violent subjugation of blacks—imputed black male sexual aggression against white women. It is an original premise, and At the Dark End of the Street delivers on it with scholarly authority and narrative polish.

Diane McWhorter
Diane McWhorterPulitzer Prize Winner for Carry Me Home: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

This gripping story changes the history books, giving us a revised Rosa Parks and a new civil rights story. You can’t write a general U.S. history without altering crucial sentences because of McGuire’s work. Masterfully narrated, At the Dark End of the Street presents a deep civil rights movement with women at the center, a narrative as poignant, painful and complicated as our own lives.

Timothy B. Tyson
Timothy B. TysonNational Book Award Finalist for Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

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