34th Anniversary of the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

The 34th Anniversary of the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

Tending the Light:
Community Organizing & the Modern Civil Rights Movement
Saturday, February 15, 2014
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Rutgers University, Newark Campus
350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102

The determined grassroots efforts of individuals who drove the struggle for Civil Rights during the 1960s will be explored at the 2014 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, Tending the Light: Community Organizing and the Modern Civil Rights Movement, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the Rutgers University’s Newark Campus, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The Series' thirty-fourth installment will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by illuminating the history of community organizing in the black freedom struggle, the immense amount of work such struggle entails, and the heroic individuals who take it on. The daylong conference features four distinguished speakers: Bob Moses, civil rights movement veteran and president and founder of The Algebra ProjectDiane Nash, civil rights movement veteran; Charles Payne, the Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago; and Barbara Ransby, Professor of History and African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago. MTW speakers will reflect on the history of community organizing, from the perspective of their personal experience and of their scholarship on the topic, as well as the legacy and lessons of such grassroots work for contemporary politics.

Immediately following the MTW conference, the audience is invited to attend a free reception at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, which also features live musical entertainment by the Bradford Hayes Trio.  Both the MTW conference and museum reception are free and open to the public.

Click here for a save the date poster.

Teachers who attend the conference are eligible to earn professional development hours. 

Photographer:  Danny Lyon
Mississippi, 1963. Martha Prescod, Mike Miller, and Robert Parris Moses do voter registration work in the countryside.

Who to contact:

Marisa Pierson