Tending the Light: Community Organizing & the Modern Civil Rights Movement

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 were explored at the 2014 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, Tending the Light: Community Organizing and the Modern Civil Rights Movement.

The Series' thirty-fourth installment commemorated 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 featured 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 reflected 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.

Click here for select readings from the 2014 MTW Lecture Series.

Click here to read the Star-Ledger article on the 2014 conference.

Click here to view Chancellor Nancy Cantor's remarks at the conference. 


Event photographs by Fred Stucker

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