Wayne Flynt

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Wayne Flynt
Born (1940-10-04) October 4, 1940 (age 78)
Nationality American
Alma mater Florida State University
Samford University
Occupation Professor of History

James Wayne Flynt (born October 4, 1940) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University. He has won numerous teaching awards and been a Distinguished University Professor for many years. His research focuses on Southern culture, Alabama politics, Southern religion, education reform, and poverty. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Online Encyclopedia of Alabama.


Dr. J. Wayne Flynt (born: Oct. 4, 1940, Potontoc, Miss.) received his Bachelor of Arts [A.B.] degree from Howard College (now Samford University) in 1961, and both his Masters of Science (M.S.) degree (1962) and Ph.D. (1965) from Florida State University. After teaching at Samford for 12 years (1965-1977), he joined the faculty at Auburn University where he remained for 28 years (1977-2005).

Growing up, Flynt moved frequently around the South with his parents because his father held a series of primarily sales jobs. The family landed a couple of occasions in Anniston, Ala., where Professor Flynt was graduated from high school in 1958. His mother taught fourth grade in the Alabama towns of Oxford, Opelika, Center Point and Pinson. Her obituary in The Birmingham News said she lived in thirty places in three states during her sixty-year marriage. She married Flynt's father in 1938.

Professor Flynt has written 12 books that focus largely on the historical, economic and social fabric of Alabama, including Poor But Proud: Alabama's Poor Whites (1990),[1] and he co-wrote Alabama: A History of a Deep South State,[2] both of which were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes. He is editor-in-chief of the online Encyclopedia of Alabama, a partnership of Auburn University and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

In 2002, the University of Alabama journalism department named him as the winner of the Clarence Cason Writing Award, given to an author writing about or closely identified with the state of Alabama.[3]

Wife (Dorothy) and two sons (Sean Flynt and David Flynt).

Father: James Homer Flynt b. April 9, 1917, Shady Glen Community (Calhoun County, Ala.) d. Feb. 11, 1998, Pinson, Ala. (Jefferson County)

Mother: Mae Ellis Moore Flynt b. Nov. 22, 1919, Pinson d. Sept. 28, 2008, Pinson



  1. Times Daily. "Flynt to tell about poverty in UNA talk". March 23, 1990, p. 8A. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  2. Gadsden Times. "Historians praise new textbook on state". July 28, 1994, p. B3. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.
  3. Tuscaloosa News. "Wayne Flynt deserves award" (Editorial). March 8, 2002, p. 6A. Retrieved on May 30, 2013.

External links

Alabama Academy of Honor, Flynt bio on web page (as of 2/2011):

Auburn Dept. of History, Flynt bio on web page (as of 2/2011):

Family obituaries published in The Birmingham News