[Blackstudies-l] Upcoming King Commemoration Events

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Mon Feb 22 16:49:13 EST 2010

The Geneseo King Commemoration Committee invites the Campus Community  
to two upcoming events featuring Hollis Watkins.

1. Wed., March 3, Hollis Watkins, Workshop on Student Activism in  
Jones Hall, Main Lounge, 7:30-9pm, King Commemoration Event. (Although  
this is geared toward student activism, it is open to all.)

2. Thurs., March 4, Hollis Watkins, Keynote Address, 7pm, College  
Union Ballroom, King Commemoration Event.

Watkins biography: Hollis Watkins, life-long community organizer for  
racial and economic justice, was the first Mississippi student to  
become involved in 1961 in the Mississippi Voting Rights Project of  
the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He spent years  
encouraging local Blacks to register to vote and participating in  
lunch counter sit-ins and school walk-outs, for which he spent two  
months in jail.  Watkins has also played a role in keeping the music  
of the civil rights movement alive, making it part of his organizing  
and bringing its message to a new generation of activists.  Watkins is  
Co-founder and President of Southern Echo, Inc., a grass-roots  
organization fostering positive social change across Mississippi.

“Young people are less dependent on the past, have the least fear of  
change and the best potential for creating a broad vision of a fair  
and just society. Their participation is essential if the struggle to  
empower African-Americans … is to be successful.”

          ---Hollis Watkins, 1999

For more information, see: http://mlk.geneseo.edu/

Geneseo’s King Commemoration events are  sponsored by Office of the  
Provost, Africana/ Black Studies program, Xerox Center for  
Multicultural Teacher Education, Office of Multicultural Programs and  
Services, Office of Residential Life, and Kinetic Gallery.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemoration committee:  Catherine Adams,  
Sue Ann Brainard, Emilye Crosby, Cynthia Hawkins, Fatima Johnson,  
Susan Norman.

Emilye Crosby
History Department
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
(585) 245-5375
crosby at geneseo.edu

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