[Blackstudies-l] King Commemoration Events--this week

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Mon Mar 1 05:26:17 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


Hollis Watkins Workshop on Student Activism
Wednesday, March 3,
Jones Hall, Main Lounge
Geneseo’s King Commemoration Keynote speaker, Hollis Watkins, will be  
conducting a workshop on student activism in Jones Hall on March 3rd.  
The workshop is preparation for the Livingston County CROP walk,  
scheduled for March 28. Although the workshop is focused on student  
activism and intended as preparation for the CROP Walk, it is open to  
the entire community and would relevant for anyone interested in  
activism and social justice.

The workshop will focus on:

*Watkins' personal experience with joining and participating in a  
social movement

*historical background on the connection between poverty and the Civil  
Rights Movement

*the challenges and potential for making connections between  
individual action, short-term group mobilization, and long-term  
structural change.

In addition, Watkins will work with students to explore the issues of  
social justice and activism that are of concern to them.

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.

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

This Workshop on Student Activism is in preparation for theLIVINGSTON  
COUNTY CROP WALK, which will take place on March 28, 2010 in Geneseo.  
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Walk is from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

CROP Hunger Walks help children and families worldwide -- and right  
here in the U.S. -- to have food for today, while building for a  
better tomorrow. Each year some two million CROP Walkers, volunteers,  
and sponsors put their hearts and soles in motion, raising over $16  
million per year to help end hunger and poverty around the world --  
and in their own communities. And you are part of it! Contact person  
for the CROP WALK is Isaiah Tolbert, 585 245-5751 or tolbert at Geneseo.edu

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

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