This year is the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer and the Miami community has come together to learn about and reflect on the events in 1964 that began here in Oxford, Ohio. The Libraries is proud to sponsor the Freedom Summer Conference as well as share our collections in an effort to gain an appreciation for our local connection to an important time in the civil rights movement.
Members of the Miami and Oxford communities have a unique opportunity to participate in the Freedom Summer Conference taking place October 11-14. The opening session will be moderated by Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries. The discussion includes many tremendous speakers who will share their experience and insight into the civil rights movement. Join us as we honor the bravery and sacrifice of the Freedom Summer volunteers and learn how we can continue to advocate for the rights and freedoms of all people.
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Opening Session: Monday, October 13, 9-10:30 a.m.
Marcum Center 180-186
“Understanding the Past, Building the Future”, with Raymond F. Gorman, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, introducing a conversation between contemporary civil rights activists about the role of the civil rights movement in past and present.
Moderator: Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries.
Panelists: Charles Cobb, Brown University; Sylvia Golbin Goodman, The Andrew
Goodman Foundation; David Goodman, The Andrew Goodman Foundation; Tom
Dutton, Miami University; Gloria Wade Gayles, Spelman College; Rev. Clifton
Kilpatrick, community organizer and pastor, Zanesville, Ohio; Hanan Sabea, The
American University in Cairo.