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UTM holds 13th Civil Rights Conference

By Sherri Langford
On January 30, 2013

UTM will be hosting its 13th annual Civil Rights Conference Feb. 17-23.

The conference will begin Sunday, Feb. 17 with two showings of "Red Tails," a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Watkins Auditorium. The conference will then officially kick off Monday, Feb. 18 at noon with a Unity March starting at Watkins Auditorium. Also on Monday at 7 p.m., Florence Roach, from the movie "The Help" will perform her one-woman show entitled "My She-roes" in Watkins.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, at noon and 7:30 p.m., Dr. Julie Hill and UTM's Percussion studio will present "Roots of Rhythm" in Watkins. Admission for this event will be $5. Wednesday, Feb. 20 there will be a "Black Writer's Workshop" at the Hortense Parrish Writing Center in Humanities Room 209.

Thursday's schedule begins at 9:30 a.m. in Watkins with Vincent Harding giving his presentation "The Civil Rights Movement's Significance for Today." Mr. Harding is a historian and civil rights activist. He was also an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King. At 11 a.m. there will be a presentation by Jackson, Tenn. school teachers titled "Education and Race Today: The case of Jackson, TN," followed at 1 p.m. by Dr. Henry Parker's presentation "An African Perspective on race in America." At 2:30 p.m., Dr. Adam Wilson and UTM's own Dr. David Coffey will present "On the African American Military Experience and the Struggle for Civil Rights."

To close, Thursday at 7 p.m. the Collegiate Gospel Choir will perform followed by the week's keynote speaker, Diane Nash and her presentation "The Civil Rights Movement and Social Change in the 21st Century." Diane Nash is the leader of the Nashville Civil Rights Movement, leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and leader of the 1961 Freedom Rides.

The conference will close on Saturday, Feb. 23, with a bus trip to visit the Civil Rights Museum and Slave Haven Museum, both in Memphis. There will be a table set up in the Boling Center to sign up for the trip. The cost is $16, which covers admission to both museums. Those who wish to attend will be asked to bring their own lunch.

To get more information on the Civil Rights Conference, contact the History Department.

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