Derek H. Alderman

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Recipient of 2014 Media Achievement Award, Association of American Geographers. (Nation-wide award conferred in recognition of exceptional and outstanding accomplishments in publicizing geographical insights in media of general or mass communication.)

National and International Level

  • Research highlighted in national magazine article, “The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South.” Smithsonian Magazine, September 2015. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/true-story-kudzu-vine-ate-south-180956325/#CJpvXo0VZ4AZSzDX.99

  • Quoted in magazine article, “Stone Mountain and the Debate Over Confederate Symbols in Georgia.” National Journal, July 31, 2015. http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/stone-mountain-center-of-debate-over-confederate-symbols-in-georgia-20150731

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day honoring key figure in KKK divides Tennesseans.” The Guardian, July 13, 2015.  http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/13/nathan-bedford-forrest-day-tennessee-racism-civil-war-kkk

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “At Virginia’s Liberia Plantation, growing interest in lives of its slaves.” The Washington Post, February 16, 2015.

  • Co-authored blog for international journal (Environment and Planning D), “Remembering the Real Violence in Ferguson.” Society and Space Open Site, http://societyandspace.com/material/commentaries/inwood-tyner-and-alderman-remembering-the-real-violence-in-ferguson/

  • Research highlighted in online magazine article, “Why aren’t stories like Twelve Years a Slave Told at Southern Plantations.” Collectors Weekly, February 28, 2014. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/why-arent-stories-like-12-years-a-slave-told-at-southern-plantation-museums/

  • Quoted and research highlighted in national newswire article, “Urban streets named for MLK still struggle.” Associated Press, January 19, 2014. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/urban-streets-named-mlk-still-struggle (Article appeared in numerous print and online news outlets across the U.S., including The Washington Post, USA Today, and NPR.org).

  • Research highlighted in online news article, “MLK Boulevard: A Snapshot of King’s Dream Deferred.” Colorlines.com January 20, 2014 http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/01/mlk_boulevard_a_snapshot_of_kings_dream_deferred.html

  • Interviewed for television news story, “Streets bearing MLK’s name often in worst part of town.” MSNBC, August 23, 2013 http://video.msnbc.msn.com/newsnation/52829264 (Story highlighted on the Association of American Geographers SmartBrief “News for Geographers”).

  • Research highlighted in blog, “The Legacy of the March on Washington: 50 Years Later.” Huffington Post, August 27, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-lucey/the-legacy-of-the-march-o_b_3824474.html

  • Quoted and research highlighted in online magazine , “Mount Reagan: Why do Americans name mountains after Presidents?” BBC News Magazine, March 12, 2013 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21580779

  • Research highlighted in graphic snapshot, “Streets with most MLK streets.” USA Today, January 21, 2013, p. 1A.

  • Quote and research highlighted in online cover story, “Crawford recalls contentious threads in Utah, as other states, naming streets honoring Martin Luther King Jr.” America, The Diversity Place, January 7, 2013. http://www.americadiversityplace.com/

  • Research highlighted in national newswire article, “Tulsa, Oklahoma’s racial divide bedevils plan to honor MLK.” Reuters News Service, April 23, 2012. (Article appeared in several print and online news outlets across the U.S., including MSNBC).

  • Research highlighted in online news article, “Memphis Finally to Name a Street for King.” CNN, April 4, 2012. http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/04/us/tennessee-memphis-mlk/index.html

  • Quoted and research highlighted in online news article, “MLK, USA: Many King Streets Stuck on Economic Outskirts.” American Online (AOL), January 17, 2012. http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2012/01/17/mlk-usa-many-king-streets-stuck-on-economic-outskirts/

  • Quoted and research highlighted in national newswire article, “Memphis may finally name city street after King.” Associated Press, January 12, 2012. (Article appeared in several print and online news outlets across United States and on the Association of American Geographers SmartBrief “News for Geographers”).

  • Quoted and research highlighted in online news article, “The Pitfalls of Naming Places after Famous People.” BBC News Magazine, July 29, 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14323173

  • Research recognized in television interview, “A Film Explores MLK Legacy.” CNN, January 17, 2011. http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2011/01/18/nr.mlk.street.project.cnn.html

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper story, “By Chance, Two Memorable Days.” The New York Times, January 18, 2009, section NJ, p. 3.

  • Quoted in newspaper story, “The Other Side of the Mountaintop; Scholars Assess Nation’s Progress Four Decades after Assassination.” Washington Post, April 4, 2008, A1.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in television news story, “On King Drive, A Dream Deferred.” National CBS Evening News (Weekend Edition), January 20, 2008.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in magazine story, “Life on Martin Luther King Jr. Drives across the U.S.” Ebony, January 2008, pp.72-75.

  • Quoted in newswire story, “Naming things after living politicians can be risky.” Associated Press, March 15, 2007. (Article appeared in several news outlets including Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Guardian Unlimited (UK), New York Newsday, Florida Times-Union, Sacramento Bee, Tuscaloosa News, Houston Chronicle, Fox News, and Forbes.com).

  • Quoted in on-line news story, “MLK streets traverse nation’s past, future.” CNN.com February 21, 2007 (http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/02/19/rte.mlk.streets/index.html).

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper story, “Despite stereotypes, MLK streets are economically vibrant. “ Newhouse News Service, January 13-15, 2007. (Article appeared in several news outlets including Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Austin American Statesman, The Birmingham News, Charlotte Observer, Kalamazoo Gazette, Kansas City Star , New Orleans Times-Picayune, Seattle Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press).

  • Quoted in newswire story, “New South Wrestles with Confederate Memorials.” Scripps Howard News Service, August 18, 2005.

  • Research highlighted in newswire story, “Group seeks more life along King streets.” Scripps Howard News Service, January 12, 2005.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in live radio news story, “MLK Street Naming in Zephyrhills, FL.” BBC Radio News (Five Live), May 10, 2004.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Honor for Dr. King Splits Florida City, and Faces Reversal.” The New York Times, May 10, 2004, p. 1A.

  • Research highlighted and assistance acknowledged in popular book, Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America’s Main Street (By Jonathan Tilove, Random House, 2003).

  • Research highlighted in newswire article “San Jose, Calif., Split over MLK Street.” Associated Press, November 2, 2003. (Article appeared in Washington Post, The Guardian (UK) and other major media outlets).

  • Consultant for television documentary MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream (produced and directed by Marco Williams). Documentary aired on Discovery Times Channel, October 2003.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted for web publication “The Martin Luther King Boulevard Phenomenon: An Interview with Derek Alderman.” Discovery Times Channel (http://times.discovery.com/convergence/civilrights/expert/expert.html), Oct. 2003.

  • Quoted in newswire article “Slavery-era place names dot U.S. maps.” Reuters, May 19, 2003. (Article published on CNN.com and several other national media outlets).

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Streets named MLK at crossroad.” USA Today (by Larry Copeland), January 18-20, 2002, p. 3A.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in radio news story, “MLK Streets.” Public Radio International program Marketplace (Hosted by David Brancaccio) August 28, 2001.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in radio news story, “King Memorials.” National Public Radio program Morning Edition (Hosted by Bob Edwards), January 15, 2001.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in on-line news article, “Cyberwar Breaks Out over Domain Names.” National Geographic News, March 15, 2001 (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/03/0315_domainterrain.html)

Regional, State, and Local Level

  • Research highlighted and interviewed on television news story, “Hurricane Katrina Tattoos.” WBIR (Knoxville, TN). August 29, 2015.

  • Interviewed on public radio show, “Confederate Place Names.” On Second Thought (Georgia Public Broadcasting). August 27, 2015. https://soundcloud.com/onsecondthought/full-show-august-27-2015#t=20:46

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “Markers of the Storm: Professor at UT studies Katrina tattoos.” Knoxville News Sentinel. August 25, 2015, p. 7A.

  • Contributed guest editorial to newspaper, “MLK’s Plan: Applying Nonviolence to All.” Knoxville Mercury, May 7, 2015, p. 9.

  • Interviewed on public radio show, “Georgia’s Most Popular Street Names.” On Second Thought (Georgia Public Broadcasting). March 25, 2015. https://soundcloud.com/onsecondthought/georgias-most-popular-street-names

  • Research highlighted in television news story, “Gastonia City Council approves renaming street for MLK.” WCNC (Charlotte, NC). March 4, 2015. http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/local/2015/03/05/gastonia-city-council-approves-renaming-street-for-mlk/24420101

  • Interviewed and research highlighted on public radio show, “Faster than History.” WTSU on the Record (WMOT, Murfreesboro, TN). February 2, 2015. http://www.mtsunews.com/alderman-on-the-record-2015/

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in local television newscast, “Exploring Racial History Through Plantations.” WBIR (Knoxville, TN). January 21, 2015 http://www.wbir.com/videos/news/local/2015/01/21/exploring-racial-history-through-plantations-/22130115/

  • Research highlighted in graphic snapshot, “The Making of MLK Day.” Winston-Salem (NC) Journal, January 19, 2015, p. A4.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in local television newscast, “UT professor shows how cities honor MLK through roads.” WBIR (Knoxville, TN). January 15, 2015. http://www.wbir.com/story/news/2015/01/15/ut-professor-shows-how-cities-honor-mlk-through-roads/21820667/

  • Quoted and research highlighted in online news article, “Researchers to analyze depiction of slavery at plantation sites.” redOrbit.com. January 13, 2015. http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1113313340/researchers-to-analyze-depiction-of-slavery-at-plantation-sites-011315/

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “How should a 1910 East Texas massacre be remembered?” Austin American-Statesman. December 27, 2014. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/state-regional/how-should-a-1910-east-texas-massacre-be-remembere/njbpL/

  • Contributed guest commentary to newspaper, “Wendell Scott deserves spot in NASCAR Hall of Fame.” The Tennessean, May 18, 2014. http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2014/05/19/wendell-scott-deserves-spot-nascar-hall-fame/9256251/

  • Quoted and research highlighted in online newspaper article, “Bergen, Passaic counties planning memorials to Martin Luther King.” NorthJersey.com January 19, 2014.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Streets named for King defy the stereotype.” Orlando Sentinel January 19, 2014.

  • Contributed guest commentary to newspaper, “Don’t dilute state K-12 geography standards.” Knoxville News-Sentinel, July 20, 2013, p. 3B.

  • Guest on live, call-in radio show, “A Street for MLK?” Virginia Insight, WMRA (NPR Affiliate in Virginia), July 22, 2013 (3pm EST). http://wmra.org/post/street-mlk

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “City hopes to improve neglected King Drive New stadium could be impetus to revitalize Atlanta corridor.” Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 8, 2013, p. A1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in magazine article, “Paving the Way.” Chatter Magazine (Chattanooga), April 1, 2013. http://www.chatterchattanooga.com/news/2013/apr/01/paving-way/

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Despite efforts, no street in North Dakota bears name of civil rights leader MLK.” Grand Forks Herald (North Dakota), January 21, 2013, p. A2.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Road to equality: History of MLK-named streets offer community insight” Knoxville News Sentinel, January 21, 2013, p. 1A &10A.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in radio story, “Trauma Tattoos in New Orleans.” WUOT (NPR station-Knoxville), January 5, 2013. Full interview available through Itunes.

  • Contributed guest commentary to newspaper, “Putting the Street Naming Debate in Context.” Delaware State News, December 9, 2012, p. 6A.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Last MLK Jr. sign put up along Marquette Street in Davenport.” Quad-City Times (Iowa), August 29, 2012, p. B1.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “Bid to rename DeKalb road for MLK fails.” Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 13, 2012, p. B3.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “Cocoa native driven to see street named for MLK.” Florida Today, June 27, 2012.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Plan Calls for MLK Corridor.” San Diego Union-Tribune, February 4, 2012, p. NIT-6.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper column, “A Chief Finally Gets His Due in New Police Academy.” Macon (GA) Telegraph, January 25, 2012.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper editorial, “Building on MLK’s Legacy: Naming streets is one thing; seeking equality is another.” The Anniston (AL) Star, January 16, 2012, p. 8.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper column, “Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: Safe Icon or Radical Organizer.” The Miami Herald, January 15, 2012.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in online newspaper article, “Dr. King Honored Nationally with Street Name.” Chicago Examiner, January 13, 2012.

  • Quoted in newspaper column, “Renaming the Street could be a Good Thing, If Done Right.” Indianapolis Star, September 25, 2011, p. B1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Effort to Rename Road for MLK Launching in DeKalb.” Atlanta Journal Constitution, September 12, 2011, p. 3B. 

  • Quoted and research highlighted in blog, “In Hawaii, No Martin Luther King Street.” Honolulu Civil Beat, August 28, 2011. http://dc808.blogs.civilbeat.com/post/9546125189/in-hawaii-no-martin-luther-king-street

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “With Street project, Spokane pays Tribute to King’s Legacy.” The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), January 17, 2011, p. A1.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “ECU to help create website on 1922 New Bern fire.” Sun Journal, December 30, 2010, p. 5.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Festival Season Arrives in Eastern North Carolina.” Jacksonville (NC) Daily News, October 3, 2010, p. 5.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Plan to Rename Street for King Put Aside.” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 8, 2010, p. B7.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Renaming a street is a common – and sometimes controversial – way to honor Martin Luther King Jr.” The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), February 26, 2010, Section: Today, p. 35.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Building on a name; Structures honoring prominent African-Americans are scattered all over the state, but time can erode their significance.” The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), February 5, 2010, Section: Today, p. 35.

  • Quoted and teaching highlighted in newspaper article, “Geographer receives award for excellence in teaching.” The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), May 3, 2009, Section: Community.

  • Interviewed and book featured in radio story, “Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory.” Public Radio East (New Bern, NC), April 17, 2009. http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/pre/.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Slave History Often Whitewashed.” The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), February 11, 2009, p. 1A. (Article also appeared in Chicago Sun-Times).

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Travelers’ Check: Committee Wants More King Streets.” Arkansas Democrat Gazette, February 2, 2009, Section: Northwest Arkansas.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in magazine article, “King streets as diverse as nation.” The Chicago Reporter, January/February 2009, Volume 38, Issue 1, p. 5.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “MLK Jr. put us on the path to racial equality.” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 19, 2009.

  • Research highlighted and book reviewed in blog article, “Martin Luther King Jr.: Memorials and Complexity.” Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2009. (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2009/01/martin-luther-k.html)

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Tuesday will make MLK Day extra special.” Tallahassee (FL) Democrat , January 17, 2009.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “ECU professor says location of civil rights memorials speaks volumes.” The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), December 30, 2008, A1& A7.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “A Road in Search of a Dream.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri), April 4, 2008, A1.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “MLK missing from the map.” Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), January 21, 2008, p. A1.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper column, “Remembering the Young Dreamer.” The Macon (GA) Telegraph, January 21, 2008, p. 3.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “MLK streets up for the count.” St. Petersburg (FL) Times, January 21, 2008, p. 4E.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “Worthy of a King?” Hernando Today (publication of Tampa Tribune), January 21, 2008. Available online at http://www2.hernandotoday.com/content/2008/jan/21/worthy-king/

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “Honoring an icon.” The Modesto (CA) Bee, January 18, 2008. Available online at http://www.modbee.com/1593/story/184817.html#.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Geography Bee Tests Students’ Knowledge.” Rocky Mount (NC) Telegraph, January 11, 2008, Section: Main.

  • Quoted extensively in newspaper question and answer piece, “Race, identity complicate name debates.” The Oregonian (Portland, OR), December 6, 2007, Section: Metro Portland Neighbors: In Portland; p. 14.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “What’s in a name?”   The Oregonian (Portland, OR), December 6, 2007, Section: Metro Portland Neighbors: In Portland; p. 12.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Chavez: Time for Healing?” St. Johns Sentinel (Portland, OR), December 2007, pp. 1 & 21.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Wakulla still can’t abide naming a road for MLK.” Tallahassee (FL) Democrat, November 24, 2007, p. 1B & 4B.

  • Quoted in magazine article, “Cesar’s way: Changing N. Interstate Ave’s name doesn’t do justice to Cesar E. Chavez.” Portland (OR) Monthly, November 2007, p. 66-67.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Chavez controversy coast to coast.” St. Johns Sentinel (Portland, OR), November 2007, pp. 1 & 22.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “King Drive businesses keeping leader’s dream alive.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 10, 2007, p.D1.

  • Quoted in newswire story, “Civil war to civil rights, South works to honor past with names.” Associated Press, March 12, 2007.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in television news story, “Driving the Dream: Part Two.” WTHR (NBC-Indianapolis), March 1, 2007. (http://www.wthr.com/)

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Streets of Dreams: Roadways named for MLK show personality and diversity of cities.” The Beaumont (TX) Enterprise, Jan. 14, 2007, D1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “MLK Avenue: Route of racial Divide.” Bradenton Herald (Bradenton, FL), January 14, 2007, p.A1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “MLK streets’stigma all wrong, study says.” Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA), January 14, 2007, p.B1.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Lawmaker wants McKinney’s name off road.” Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2007, A13.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Debate over MLK street name goes back 17 years: Many areas struggle to honor King with a street, professor says.” The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), August 26, 2006, p. A1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Expert discusses issue of renaming streets.” The Ithaca Journal, April 12, 2006, p. 1B.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Road debate resurfaces” Florida Today, March 27, 2006, p. A1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Work continues on MLK street naming project.” The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), March 25, 2006, p. B1 & B3.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Tarboro balks at MLK street-renaming proposal.” Rocky Mount (NC) Telegram, March 16, 2006.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “It’s a bumpy road for King.” The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), March 12, 2006, p. B1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Street name session draws crowd.” The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), February 28, 2006, p. A1 & A9.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “Streets honor King nationwide.” Long Beach Press Telegram, February 20, 2006, p. A10.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Idea to rename street gets mixed reaction.” Winston-Salem Journal, February 17, 2006, p. A1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard? Not on the Shore.” Delmarva Daily Times, February 5, 2006, p. 1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Construction, fresh paint on the rise; illegal activities down.” Lexington Herald-Leader, January 16, 2006, p. A1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Seeking the right road for King.” The Charlotte Observer, January 16, 2006, p. 1B.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “King of Streets: Civil-rights icon has hundreds named for him.” Winston-Salem Journal, January 15, 2006, p. E4.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Lynching a painful part of area’s past.” Online Athens (GA), June 26, 2005 (http://onlineathens.com/stories/062705/new_20050627053.shtml)

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Streets of dreams: Martin Luther King Jr.’s name spreads across U.S.” The South Florida Sun Sentinel, January 17, 2005,

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Avenues to Dream: Streets named for Martin Luther Jr. range from a tiny stretch in Columbus to major arteries in other big cities.” The Columbus Dispatch, January 17, 2005, p. 1A.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Strongest street in town: MLK Parkway in D.M. said to be fitting tribute to leader’s legacy.” Des Moines Register, January 16, 2005, p. 1B.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Why no Charlotte street in King’s honor? Politics and location issues.” The Charlotte Post, January 13, 2005, p. E2.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Demarcation Line: Race, class divide along railway in Greenville.” The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), January 24, 2005, p. B1.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “A road for Doctor King?” Kentucky Post, December 22, 2004 (http://www.kypost.com/2004/12/22/kylifecover122204.html).

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Debate extends to state, nation: Renaming roads often gets heated.” The Daily Tar Heel (Student Newspaper of UNC-Chapel Hill), December 3, 2004.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “What’s in a name?” As part of special feature on the politics of place-naming. The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), August 1, 2004, pp. 21A & 22A.

  • Quoted extensively in newspaper question and answer piece, “It’s all about power and whose history is told” as part of special feature on the politics of place-naming. The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), August 1, 2004, pp. 21A & 22A.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in live radio talk show on renaming a street after Martin Luther King in Chapel Hill, NC. The State of Things (WUNC Radio), June 23, 2004, 12:00 pm.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “City leaders lament timing of visit by MLK expert.” The Grand Rapids (MI) Press, June 17, 2004, p. A1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “MLK debate follows U.S. trends.” The Daily Tar Heel (Student Newspaper of UNC-Chapel Hill), June 3, 2004, p. 4.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in live radio talk show, “Martin Luther King Boulevards.” ABC Radio News Detroit: WJR, (Frank Beckmann Show) May 11, 2004.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in live radio talk show, “MLK Street Naming in Zephyrhills, FL.” New Black City Radio (St. Louis, MO), May 10, 2004.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article,” MLK streets racially divided.” The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), January 19, 2004, 1A & 8A.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Proposal to rename corridor.” The Kentucky Post, January 19, 2004 (http://www.kypost.com/2004/01/19/mlk011904.html)

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Street Renaming Hits Potholes.” Tampa (FL) Tribune, November 2, 2003, Pasco, Pg. 1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “King Road renaming pits blacks vs. Latinos.” The Mercury News (San Jose, CA), October 26, 2003, p. 1A.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Crusade for King Blvd. may be nearing success.” Sacramento (CA) Bee, August 19, 2003, A1 & A14.

  • Quoted in newspaper article, “Slavery’s Legacy Lingering in Florida.” Jacksonville Free Press, June 11, 2003, p. 1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Signposts of honor, Many Hub streets recognize prominent African-Americans.” The Boston Herald, February 25, 2003, Arts & Life, page 49.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Changing Centennial: Renaming idea to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. gets mixed reaction.” The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR), February 10, 2003, 1A.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper articles, “Activists recall the struggle to rename a boulevard for Martin Luther King, Jr.” and “”Cities large and small renamed streets for civil rights leader.” Sacramento (CA) Bee, February 3, 2003, E1 & E5.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “With King street’s naming, one journey ends, another begins.” Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), January 20, 2003, 1B.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “King Tributes Showcase Community’s Identity.” The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, January 20, 2003, 1A.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Group Dreams of Street Named Only for King.” The Tampa Tribune, January 13, 2003, 1A.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “The Main Streets of Black America.” The Miami (Florida) Herald, January 12, 2003, 1A.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “A School fit for a King.” Speakin’ Out News (Huntsville, AL), August 27, 2002, p. 1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Tributes fit for King.” Roanoke (Virginia) Times & World News, March 14, 2002. Extra, p 1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “St. Paul searching for MLK street: Push to honor civil-rights leader may take a few turns.” Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), March 6, 2002. p B1.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “A View from MLK Blvd.” Trenton (NJ) Times, January 21, 2002. p A1.

  • Live radio interview (with Tom Hughes), First News, News Radio 640 WGST (Atlanta), January 21, 2002.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “Education board to consider names for new school.” The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), January 14, 2002, A1 & A7.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “NAACP wants Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue moved.” The St. Petersburg (FL) Times, August 31, 2001, p. 7.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in radio news story, “Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Highpoint, North Carolina.” WFDD 88.5 FM (Winston-Salem), July 31, 2001.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Cities struggle with MLK memorials: Opposition to new street names crosses color lines.” The Toledo (OH) Blade, March 23, 2001, p. 8A.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper editorial “One Wilson slogan should extend to MLK Parkway,” The Wilson (NC) Daily Times, January 27, 2001, p. 11A.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in radio news story, “Martin Luther King Streets,” WUNC 91.5 FM News (Chapel Hill), January 15, 2001.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article “Story of a Street: How Tallahassee’s Boulevard Street became a tribute to the dream,” Tallahassee (FL) Democrat, January 17, 1999, p. 1A.

  • Teaching highlighted in newspaper column “Kudzu, the King, and Wal-Marts” (by Ed Grisamore), The Macon (GA) Telegraph, August 18, 1999, p. 1B.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article “Researching the King’s Court: GC&SU professor researches diverse interests with a common thread,” The Union-Recorder (Milledgeville, GA), September 25-27, 1999, p. 1B.

  • Interviewed and research highlighted in newspaper article, “Black leaders angry over Statesboro street name law,” Savannah (GA) Morning News, May 22, 1997, p.1A.

University Level Media and Professional Newsletters

  • Research featured in online university newsletter, “Hurricane Tattoos Form of Coping and Storytelling Ten Years Later.” Tennessee Today (University of Tennessee), August 25, 2015. http://tntoday.utk.edu/2015/08/25/hurricane-katrina-tattoos-form-coping-storytelling-ten-years/

  • Research featured in online university newsletter, “Professor Uses Plantations to Examine Race in America.” Tennessee Today (University of Tennessee), January 12, 2015 http://tntoday.utk.edu/2015/01/12/professor-plantations-examine-race-america/

  • Research featured in university magazine, “Street Politics: Discrimination is Still Causing Roadblacks.” Quest: Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity (University of Tennessee), spring/summer 2014, pp. 6-9. http://quest.utk.edu/2014/street-politics/

  • Quoted and research highlighted in online university newsletter, “UT Professor Studies How Streets Are Named for Martin Luther King Jr.” Tennessee Today (University of Tennessee), January 18, 2013. http://www.utk.edu/tntoday/2013/01/18/ut-professor-studies-streets-named-martin-luther-king-jr/

  • Teaching and research featured in university magazine, “The Map Man.” East Magazine (East Carolina Publication),winter 2012, p. 32-35.

  • Quoted and keynote address highlighted in faculty and staff newsletter, “ECU Holds Fall Commencement.” Pieces of Eight (East Carolina Publication), December 21, 2009.

  • Quoted and keynote address highlighted in faculty and staff newsletter, “Alderman Shares Thoughts on Teaching as Place-Creating.” Pieces of Eight (East Carolina Publication), Sept. 4, 2009, p. 11.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in magazine profile, “Symbols of the South: Geographer Derek Alderman Studies Memorials and More.” Edge (East Carolina University Publication), spring 2009, p. 12-15.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newsletter, “Kansas State and VGSP Commemorate MLK Week.” AAG Newsletter, March 2007, p. 4.

  • Research highlighted in newspaper article, “Fifth Street may soon become MLK, Jr. Street.” The East Carolinian, March 2, 2006, p. A1 & A2.

  • Quoted and research highlighted in newspaper article, “ECU professor dedicates nearly decade to studying streets named after martin Luther King Jr.” The East Carolinian, January 19, 2005, p. A1.

  • Research highlighted in newsletter article, “Derek Alderman Serves as National Consultant on the Politics of Street Naming.” Cornerstone (Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, ECU publication), winter 2004, pp. 2-3.

  • Research highlighted in magazine article, “What’s in a Name? Controversy,” Edge (East Carolina University Publication), spring 2002, p. 21

  • Research highlighted in magazine article, “The Symbol War,” The Southerner: Georgia Southern University Magazine, spring-summer 1996, p.11

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