THE RICHARD STOCKTON COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY

Office of Public Relations

Pomona, NJ  08240

 

Richard Stockton College Hosts Third Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Human

and Civil Rights Symposium

 

Women in the Civil Rights Struggle: Legacies of Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King and Dr. C. Delores Tucker

 

For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Contact:   Tim Kelly

                  Stockton Public Relations

                  (609) 652-4950

 

GALLOWAY TWP., NJ – The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will host the Third Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 5th, 2006 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Stockton Performing Arts Center.

 

This year’s event will focus on the legacies of Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King and Dr. C. Delores Tucker and the role of women in the Civil Rights Movement.

 

“Women have played an extraordinary part in the advancement of civil rights, although their contributions are often overlooked, said Dr. Pat Reid Merritt, Director of the Africana Studies Program at Stockton, which is one of the event’s sponsors.

 

The symposium will include presentations by Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq., Civil Rights Activist Edith Savage Jennings, Africana Studies Scholar Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams and a showing of the documentary film Mighty Times, which focuses on the life of Rosa Parks.

 

Other sponsors include the Office of Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq., the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

 

The event is named in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer, whose impassioned plea for equal voting rights at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City helped bring national attention to the issue.

 

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dr. Reid- Merritt at pat.reid-merritt@stockton.edu .

 

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