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Freedom 55 Mini-Conference: Freedom Summer, Then, Now, and the Future - Day 2

Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:30 am
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

9:00 a.m. - Doors Open

9:30 a.m. - Opening Remarks

Greg Crawford (President Miami University) and Rodney Coates, PhD (Professor, Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University)

9:45 a.m. - Video: Reading Freedom Summer

by Andy Rice and class (Miami University)

10:15 a.m. - Panel Discussion: Eye Witness to History

Moderator: Nishani Frazier

  • Joyce Ladner (American civil rights activist, author, civil servant and sociologist)
  • John Frazier (State Youth Leader for the NAACP in Mississippi)

11:10 a.m. - Panel Discussion: Freedom Summer Now

Moderator: Rodney D. Coates, PhD (Professor, Global and Intercultural Studies, Miami University)

  • Veronica Sanders, Miami Alum (D.A. Houston Texas)
  • Imokhai Okolo, Miami Alum (Editor Law Journal, Law Student University of Akron “School of Law)
  • Erica Bland-Durosinmi, Miami Alum (Political Field Director, SEIU-Healthcare, Chicago, Illinois)
  • Sheryl Long, Miami Alum (Assistant City Manager, Cincinnati, Ohio)

12:00 p.m. - Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion: Freedom Summer Future

Moderator: Benjamin Phillips III (Junior, Finance, Miami University)

  • Lauren Poythress (Political Science, Black World Studies, Junior –Miami University)
  • Ty Little (Strategic Communications, Sophomore, Miami University)
  • Brandon Small (Political Science, English Literature, ASG- Miami University)

2:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion: Freedom Summer documentary

3:15 p.m. - Art and Freedom conversation with Larry Collins

4:00 p.m. - Performance: Choosing Freedom in the Harriet Tubman Theater

5:00 p.m. - Reception

6:00 p.m. - Closing Plenary: Freedom 55: Through the Eyes of Reena Evers Everette and Lisa McNair *Tickets Required*

Moderator: Jacqueline Dace (Deputy Director, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center)

  • Reena Evers Everette (daughter of Medgar and Myrlie Evers)
  • Lisa McNair (sister of Denise McNair, killed in 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing)