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Scholars Symposium

  • NYU Washington, D.C. 1307 L Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

Join us for an afternoon of guest lecturers presenting their perspectives on aspects of the Civil Rights, social, and economic justice movements, and the impact of those movements on current national and international events.

12:00 p.m. Dr. Paul Smith, renowned minister, mediator, and Civil Rights activist engages in an intergenerational conversation with an emerging youth activist on disrupting the stereotypes on aging and passing the activist torch. 

1:00 p.m. Kent Spriggs, activist, attorney, and author, Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Reflections From the Deep South, 1964-1980, stories from 26 attorneys who played a key role amid profound political and social upheavals, vindicating clients, and together challenging white supremacy.

2:00 p.m. Donna Walker Kuhne, expert in developing multicultural audiences for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, will speak on the impact of social justice themed productions using the new play, Little Rock as a test case. She is author of Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community.

Special guest: Ernest Green, original member of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High School in Arkansas under escort from Federal troops. 

3:00 p.m. Averell “Ace” Smith, political consultant, and author, The Pitcher and the Dictator on legendary baseball pitcher Satchel Paige and his experiences living and playing in the Dominican Republic under the thumb of dictator Rafael Trujillo.

4:00 p.m. Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies on "The White Problem in America and the Unfinished Work of the Civil Rights Movement"

In partnership with New York University DC and Walker International Communications Group

Sponsored by AARP

Books will be available for sale and autograph courtesy of DC-based bookseller Politics & Prose