College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

USM Black History Month Event Rescheduled; Speakers to Explore Road to African-American Citizenship

USM's Black History Month event, cancelled in February because of bad weather, has been rescheduled for March 25.

The long, hard struggle of African-Americans to achieve full U.S. citizenship – from the Dred Scott case of 1857 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – will be explored by participating speakers and panelists.

The event’s participants also will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson and how Maine was in the vanguard of recognizing African-Americans as voting citizens before the Civil War.

In addition, participants will discuss the role of women in the civil rights movement and the ways in which the movement has benefitted women. Panel participants will share their personal reminiscences about the fight for freedom during the 1960s.

The details of the rescheduled event are:

·      “Contesting and Celebrating Citizenship; Commemorating the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” speakers and panel discussion in recognition of Black History Month; featuring presentations by Leroy Rowe, University of Southern Maine assistant professor of African American history and political science, and Eileen Eagan, USM associate professor of history; panel discussion by Eric Blanchard, public information director for Poor People’s Campaign, and Ida Gammon-Wilson, co-chair, African American Collection Advisory Committee; 5 p.m., reception, 6 p.m. program, Tuesday, March 25, Events Room, Glickman Library, Portland campus; free and open to the public.

The event is presented by the USM Department of History and Political Science, under the USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. USM Multicultural Student Affairs, USM Women and Gender Studies Program and USM Faculty Commons are also sponsors.

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