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Sept. 28: Remember Freedom Summer: Voting Rights 2016

  • Low Library Rotunda Columbia University New York, New York 10027 USA (map)

INCITE proudly co-sponsors REMEMBER FREEDOM SUMMER: VOTING RIGHTS 2016, an upcoming event hosted by the Columbia School of Social Work.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6 - 8 p.m.

WHERE: Low Library Rotunda, Columbia University


With generous funding from the Office of the Provost, Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW) is proud to sponsor a tribute to former CSSW student Michael "Mickey" Schwerner and the 1964 Freedom Summer civil rights campaign. Schwerner, along with fellow civil rights activists James Earl Chaney and Andrew Goodman, was murdered in Mississippi that summer while working to register African Americans to vote. In light of the upcoming presidential election, the recent controversial enactment of voter ID laws in several states, and highly-publicized instances of voter suppression, this event will highlight the important lessons of Freedom Summer and the pressing significance of voting rights today.

Speakers include Robert Moses, a Freedom Summer civil rights activist who now heads the Algebra Project in Atlanta. Moses assigned Schwerner and his colleagues to work in communities in Mississippi. Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church and professor Carmela Alcántara, Ester Fuchs, Irv Garfinkel, and Ron Mincy are also featured.

Please visit the event page for further information.