[Blackstudies-l] King Commemoration Events--Wed. and Thurs.

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Thu Mar 4 05:24:17 EST 2010


Geneseo's King Commemoration Keynote Presentation, tonight, Thurs.,  
March 4, 7pm.

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

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

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