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Monday, March 28, 2011

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Bernice Johnson Reagon
Tuesday, March 29
7- 9 PM

Dillard Auditorium
Anderson Conference Center
Winston-Salem State University
reception and book signing to immediately follow

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, March 30
noon – 2 PM

Shirley Recital Hall
Salem Fine Arts Center
Salem College
reception to immediately follow

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Winston-Salem State University, Wake Forest University, and Salem College are presenting events March 29 and 30 on women’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement as they relate to Hands on the Freedom Plow, a book published in 2010 featuring personal accounts of women involved in SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee).

The two events feature Betty Garman Robinson, a co-editor and contributor to the book, and contributors Bernice Johnson Reagon, Margaret Herring, and Jeanne Breaker Johnson. All four women were organizers for SNCC during the Civil Rights Movement.

Hands on the Freedom Plow highlights the voices of 52 women – northern and southern, young and old, urban and rural, black, white, and Latina – who share their courageous personal stories of working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

Dr. Reagon was one of my professors at American University! She is a powerful speaker; you can't not pay attention to her. I was only able to take one class with her, however, as she didn't teach within my major and her classes filled very quickly.

I was privileged to hear the a cappella group she founded, Sweet Honey in the Rock, sing on numerous occasions, though; they are AMAZING. Grammy-winning amazing, y'all.

Hands on the Freedom Plow
Bernice Johnson Reagon (opens with beautiful music)
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Salem College
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