Thomas J. Ward Jr. is a professor and chair of the history department at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he teaches a variety of courses in American history.  A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Ward received his education at Hampden-Sydney College (B.A., 1991), Clemson University (M.A., 1993), and the University of Southern Mississippi (Ph.D., 1999).  Before coming to Spring Hill College in 2007, Dr. Ward taught at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, for six years.  He held previous teaching positions at the Alabama School of Math and Science, and University College Cork, in Ireland.

Dr. Ward has written a number of articles on African-American history and the history of medicine in the American South, and was the project historian for the award-winning 1998-1999 public radio series, Mississippi Voices, A Trip Through the Twentieth Century.  In 2003, the University of Arkansas Press published his first book, Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South.  His most recent work, Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and its War on Poverty (Oxford University Press), was released in December 2016, and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.  Dr. Ward has received awards for his work from the Gulf South Historical Association, The Mississippi Historical Society, the Virginia Military Institute, and Rockhurst University.  He has also been awarded research grants from Duke University, the North Carolina Historical Society, and Tulane University.

Dr. Ward is currently working on a book project on the marriage equality lawsuit in Alabama.  He lives in Spanish Fort, Alabama, with his wife and three sons.


Eva Walton Kendrick serves as the Human Rights Campaign’s Alabama State Manager. Kendrick holds an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and a BA in Southern Studies from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Her research interests include twentieth-century social history, religious history, and social movements. Kendrick joined the staff of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization work to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans, in 2014. In her current role, Kendrick leads the state staff in their work to achieve full legal equality for LGBTQ Alabamians, while changing institutions—and hearts and minds— through engagement with corporate and healthcare partners, faith outreach, and community development. Kendrick lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her wife, Kathryn Kendrick.