Andrew Manis

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Andrew Michael Manis (born February 23, 1954 in Birmingham) is a minister, historian, and professor at Macon State College in Macon, Georgia. His scholarship has been focused on the American Civil Rights Movement and he is best known for his biography of Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights founder Fred Shuttlesworth, A Fire You Can't Put Out, which won a Lillian Smith Book Award for writing on racial and social justice and the James F. Sulzby Award for writing on Alabama History.

Manis earned his bachelor of arts in religion and history at Samford University in 1976 and a master of divinity and Ph.D. in American church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, completing his dissertation in 1984. He went on to continue his studied at the Chicago Divinity School until 1988 and as a Mellon Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Following that he was hired by Xavier University of Louisiana. He also taught at Averett University in Danville, Virginia before taking his present position as assistant professor of theology at Macon State College in 2000.

He is currently a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.


  • Manis, Andrew (1987) Southern Civil Religions in Conflict: Black and White Baptists and Civil Rights, 1947-1957. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. Reprinted 2002. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press. ISBN 9780865547858
  • Manis, Andrew (1999) A Fire You Can't Put Out: The Civil Rights Life of Birmingham's Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0817309683
  • Manis, Andrew and Marjorie Longenecker White, editors (2000) Birmingham Revolutionaries: Fred Shuttlesworth and the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press. ISBN 9780865547094
  • Manis, Andrew (2004) Macon Black and White: An Unutterable Separation in the American Century. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press. ISBN 0865547610

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