Friday, October 19, 2012
Dr. Larry Rivers, UWG assistant professor of history, will present “The Civil Rights Struggle Before the Freedom Riders,” on Thursday, October 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Ingram Library.
This event is free and open to the public with special public parking available in the Townsend Center gated lot, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Rivers’ program is being presented in conjunction with the national exhibition Freedom Riders, on display at Ingram Library Oct. 16 through Nov. 13. Both Dr. Rivers’ talk and the exhibit are presented by Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society.
While a graduate student at Vanderbilt, Dr. Rivers studied with the Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr., a key mentor to the Nashville Student Movement activists who participated in the Freedom Rides. In his Ingram Library talk, Dr. Rivers plans to discuss the origins of the Civil Rights Movement and how that movement relates to today’s national challenges. He additionally hopes to share some of the insights that he learned from Reverend Lawson.
Dr. Rivers has expressed his “hope that the Ingram Library Freedom Riders Exhibit and commemorative activities will inspire West Georgia’s students to accept the torch of activism in the continuing struggle for justice and equality in the United States.”
Dr. Rivers is a native of Tallahassee. An alumnus of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Dr. Rivers received his M. A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from Vanderbilt University. He teaches courses on United States History, African American History and the Civil Rights Movement.
The Freedom Riders exhibition was created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in partnership with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Major funding for the traveling exhibition was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.