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Celebrating MLK - Faculty Panel: "We Were There...Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement" this Tuesday

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The Rockefeller Center is a proud sponsor or co-sponsor of several events on campus that are part of the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Please join us for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Faculty Panel, “We Were There…Dartmouth and the Civil Rights Movement” in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm this Tuesday, January 20.
 
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. On March 25, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators on a 54-mile march for the right to vote. For this year’s celebration of this momentous event, the Rockefeller Center will explore Dartmouth’s connections to the Civil Rights Movement. A faculty panel will discuss participation in the Movement as well as its lasting impacts on the social community of the College.

The featured speakers on this panel include Gretchen Gerzina, Professor of English and Chair of African American Studies at Dartmouth College; J. Bruce Nelson, Professor Emeritus of History at Dartmouth from 1985 to 2009, who will share personal experiences about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s; and Jay Satterfield, head of Dartmouth’s Rauner Special Collections Library, who will also be shedding light about the College’s historical ties to the Movement.

Professor Gerzina

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina is Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography, Professor of English, and Chair of African American Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author or editor of seven books, and was for fifteen years the host of the nationally syndicated public radio program “The Book Show.” She has often appeared on American and British radio and television.

J. Bruce Nelson
taught US history at Dartmouth from 1985 to 2009. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and was jailed in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, on the eve of the famous Selma to Montgomery march.

Jay Satterfield is the head of Dartmouth College’s Rauner Special Collections Library. Since arriving at Dartmouth in 2004, he has worked to integrate Special Collections into the intellectual life of the College. He received his PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 1999 and is the author of “The World’s Best Books”: Taste, Culture and the Modern Library (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002).

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