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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Women in the Civil Rights Movement Panel

On January 24th, a panel of activists and academics will discuss women’s involvement in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and other civil rights organizations. The panel will be followed by a book signing with the panelists. The event will open with a performance of excerpts from Hands on the Freedom Plow by the PVAC’s Reader’s Theater Circle from African American Student Services and Programs of Georgia State University.


  • Constance Curry, retired Director of Human Services for the City of Atlanta
  • Dr. Doris Derby, Director of African American Student Services and Programs at Georgia State University
  • Dr. Jacqueline Rouse, Associate Professor of African American History in the Department of History and associate faculty in the African American Studies Department
  • Dr. Emilye Crosby, Professor of History and Coordinator of Africana/ Black Studies at SUNY Geneseo and Visiting Scholar at the James Weldon Johnson Institute

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College.

Event details:
January 24th, 4:00-6:30pm
Gozuieta Auditorium (Room 130)

The Emory Bookstore will have copies of the following books available for purchase before and after the panel:

  • Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (Guy-Sheftall)
  • Silver Rights: The Story of the Carter Family’s Brave Decision to Send Their Children to an All-White School and Claim Their Civil Rights (Curry)
  • Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement (Curry et al.)
  • Mississippi Harmony: Memoirs of a Freedom Fighter (Hudson and Curry)
  • Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941-1965 (Crawford, Rouse, and Woods, eds.)
  • Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC (Holsaert et al. eds.)
  • Civil Rights History from the Ground Up: Local Struggles, a National Movement (Crosby)
  • A Little Taste of Freedom: The Black Freedom Struggle in Claiborne County, Mississippi (Crosby)

Sponsored by: the Center for Women, the Office of the Dean of the Chapel and Religious Life, the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance Committee


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