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Stockton Celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer Legacy on Oct. 6 with 2nd Annual Human and Civil Rights Symposium

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Contact:†† Tim Kelly

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Galloway Township, NJ Ė The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will honor the legacy of civil rights pioneer Fannie Lou Hamer on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 with its 2nd Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium. †


The event will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the Galloway Twp. campus. A presentation will focus on the life and contributions of Fannie Lou Hamer who achieved national prominence by making an impassioned speech during the 1964 Democratic National Convention held in Atlantic City. There will be a brief video on Hamerís life and presentations will be made by scholar, Chana Kai Lee and Mayor Unita Blackwell of Mayersville, Mississippi, Hamerís home state.


Following the Stockton program, New Jersey Secretary of State Regena Thomas will travel to Cape May and lead a walking pilgrimage to Atlantic City, retracing the route of the Underground Railroad. The Walk will end at Stocktonís Satellite Center in Atlantic City, the Carnegie Library Center, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Pacific Ave., at the Civil Rights Garden.


For further information, please contact Dr. Pat Reid-Merritt, Professor of Social Work, at 609-652-4609, or via email at