Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference Starts Tonight

The 11th annual Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference is March 30-April 3.

It begins tonight at Tougaloo College's Woodworth Chapel with the Jimmie Travis Civil Rights Legacy Symposium Series' "Movement Women: Their Stories." Constance Slaughter Harvey will moderate tonight's event, and women such as Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Brenda Travis will speak. The event begins at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The conference continues with "Post Obama Activism" on Thursday, March 31, starting at noon. Sinclair Skinner, an engineer, activist and civil-rights champion, will speak. At 7 p.m., attendees can watch Stanley Nelson's "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution," a film about the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and its impact on civil rights and American culture.

On Friday, April 1, Congressman Bennie Thompson will speak at 10 a.m. at Woodworth Chapel.

The Veterans Legacy Awards Banquet is Saturday, April 2, beginning at 7 p.m. at The Masonic Temple (1072 J.R. Lynch St.). Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for students and $375 for a table of 10 people. The deadline for purchase is March 30.

On Sunday, April 3, attendees can attend in a screening and panel discussion of "Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders," a documentary about Mississippi women who fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement. The event is from 3 to 5 p.m. at Tougaloo College's Bennie G. Thompson Center, and is free and open to the public.

For more information and to see a complete schedule, visit mscivilrightsveterans.com.


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