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Author Myrlie Evers-Williams is a trailblazer as an activist for civil rights

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Webcast schedule

January 31, 2001
Web posted at: 4:45 PM EST (2145 GMT)

The Chasing the Dream: Exploring Black History webcast and moderated chat event will take place February 22 live from Paschal's, a significant meeting place of prominent civil rights leaders during the 1960s in Atlanta, Georgia.

The text and video from the webcast will be archived and available about two to three weeks after the event for future review.

The webcast and moderated discussions will be held in four sessions:

Session 1: The civil rights movement: A personal perspective, noon-12:50 p.m. EST
Special guests in this session are the Rev. C.T. Vivian and Andrew Young, who will participate by phone. Winnie Mandela will be a guest from 12:15 to 12:35 p.m. EST.

This session will explore:

  • Personal reflections on the civil rights movement in the United States.
  • The state of civil rights around the world, specifically in South Africa.
  • Linkages of the civil rights movement in the United States to other countries.

Session 2: Cultural preservation through music, 1:00-1:50 p.m. EST
Guests in this session are Dr. James Patterson (instrumental) and Dr. Glynn Halsey (vocal). Both tour the United States with Clark Atlanta University students.

This session will explore:

  • Performances by a jazz quintet and the Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society.
  • An understanding of how culture and music are interwoven together from both the choral and instrumental perspectives.

Session 3: Education then and now, 2:00-2:50 p.m. EST
Guests in this session are Dr. Thomas W. Cole, Jr., President, Clark Atlanta University; and Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker, Emory University.

This session will explore:

  • The conditions that existed prior to Brown vs. the Board of Education.
  • An enlightened look at segregation, desegregation and what is to come.
  • The historic context for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
  • The changing role of HBCUs and what is on the horizon.

Session 4: Modeling the dream, 3:00-3:50 p.m. EST
Guests in this session are students from Clark Atlanta University, Emory University and Georgia State University.

This session will explore:

  • Examples of what students are doing to realize and actualize Dr. King's dream.
  • How these students reach across racial and socio-economic boundaries to bring together and help their communities.
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