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The Black O
In 1988 several white managers of the Shoney’s restaurant chain protested against the company’s discriminatory hiring practices, including an order to blacken the “O” in “Shoney’s” on minorities’ job applications so that the marked forms could be discarded. When the managers refused to comply, they lost their jobs but not their resolve—they sued the company. Their case gre ...more
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Steve Watkins, Associate Professor of English, earned a Ph.D. (1990) and an M.A. (1985) in English, and a B.A. (1977) in psychology, all from Florida State University. An award‑winning author and journalist, Dr. Watkins teaches courses in journalism, creative writing, and 20th‑century American literature. His non‑fiction book, The Black O: Racism and Redemption in an American Corporate Empire,was ...moreMore about Stephen H. Watkins...