Where Do We Go From Here?
Public conversation with members of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and Princeton University professors about the Civil Rights Movement and Current Efforts to Transform America through the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Location: McCormick Hall 101
Date/Time: 12/13/11 at 4:30 pm - 12/13/11 at 6:00 pm
SNCC Board Members will include:
Robert “Bob” Moses
Princeton University Faculty:
Cosponsored by the Department of History and the Program in American Studies.
Free and open to the public. This event will be filmed and photographed.
SNCC was one of the principal organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. SNCC played a major role in the sit-ins and freedom rides, a leading role in the 1963 March on Washington, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party over the next few years. SNCC's major contribution was in its field work, organizing voter registration drives all over the South, especially in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Journalist, author and former SNCC field secretary, Charles “Charlie” Cobb, is senior analyst for allAfrica.com, the world’s largest electronic provider of news and information about Africa. He is also a visiting professor at Brown University where every spring he teaches a course titled The Organizing Tradition of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Cobb has been a foreign affairs reporter for NPR; a correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline; and from 1985-97 a staff writer for National Geographic magazine. Cobb’s latest book is On the Road to Freedom, a Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail. In 2008 the National Association of Black Journalists inducted Cobb into their “Hall of Fame”.
While a Howard University student, Courtland Cox became a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and in 1963 he served as the SNCC representative on the Steering Committee for the March on Washington. Cox served in the District of Columbia Government for twelve years. He was a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet as Director of the Minority Business Opportunity Commission and Director of the Office of International Business. Cox held several positions at the Department of Commerce. In 1993, he served under the late Ronald Brown - then Secretary of Commerce – as Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, the Near East and South Asia at Commerce’s International Trade Administration. On March 29, 1998, Courtland Cox was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) a position he held until January 20, 2001. Cox is presently a Consultant with the Office of Public Education Facilities Management and is responsible for the participation of District businesses and residents in the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of schools in the District of Columbia. For nearly forty years, Cox has helped to create civil and human rights laws and worked to improve equal opportunity for all Americans. Cox currently resides in Washington, D.C. He is married and has one daughter.
Ivanhoe Donaldson was a very active member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1960-62, as a SNCC field secretary, Donaldson collected food in Michigan and Kentucky and brought it to Mississippi to help sharecroppers and tenant farmers who had been kicked off of their land for attempting to register to vote. In 1963 he was active in demonstrations in Danville, VA. Donaldson was also active during “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi in 1964. After the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) began planning a march from Selma, AL to Montgomery, AL in 1965, Donaldson became one of the SNCC organizers in Selma. In 1968, Donaldson helped found Afro-American Resources, Inc. which ran the Drum and Spear Bookstore, Drum and Spear Press, and the Center for Black Education in Washington, DC. He was also a visiting lecturer for Afro-American courses at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1970. Donaldson advised and worked for Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry for many years. Donaldson is currently an executive at The Feldman Group, in Washington, D.C., a political polling and strategic research company.
Eddie S. Glaude is the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Department of Religion, and the Chairof the Center for African American Studies. His research interests include American pragmatism, specifically the work of John Dewey, and African American religious history and its place in American public life. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the 2002 Modern Language Association William Sanders Scarborough Prize for his book Exodus! Professor Glaude’s work also includes African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology, (2004) co-edited with Cornel West.
Josh Guild specializes in twentieth-century African American history, urban history, and the making of the modern African diaspora with particular interests in migration, black internationalism, black popular music, and the black radical tradition. A graduate of Wesleyan University, where he was a Mellon Mays (Minority) Undergraduate Fellow, he received his PhD in History and African American Studies from Yale University. His research has been supported with fellowships and awards from a number of institutions, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In 2009-10, he was a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard. He is currently completing his first book, provisionally entitled, Shadows of the Metropolis: Urban Space and the Transformation of Black Communities in Postwar New York and London. His next project will focus on struggles for racial and economic justice in New Orleans from the mid-20th century black freedom movement through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Robert “Bob” Parris Moses received his BA from Hamilton College (1956), and his MA in Philosophy from Harvard University (1957). Moses was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement as a field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Moses initiated SNCC’s Mississippi Voter Registration Project that summer, was appointed its director in 1962. He helped to led the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) into the Mississippi Summer Project (1964 Freedom Summer), which parachuted the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) to the National Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. He received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1982-87), and subsequently started the Algebra Project, and the use of mathematics as an organizing tool for a Quality Public School Education (QECR) for all students. Moses is the author of Radical Equations—Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project (Beacon, 2001) and Quality Education as a Constitutional Right-creating a grassroots movement to transform public schools (Beacon Press, 2010). Moses is currently the Distinguished Visitor for the Center for African American Studies.
Imani Perry is a Professor in the Center for African American Studies, and a Faculty Associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs. Perry is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies race and African American culture using the tools provided by various disciplines including: law, literary and cultural studies, music, and the social sciences. She has published numerous articles in the areas of law, cultural studies, and African American studies, many of which are available for download at: imaniperry.typepad.com. She also wrote the notes and introduction to the Barnes and Nobles Classics edition of the Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Perry teaches interdisciplinary courses that train students to use multiple methodologies to investigate African American experience and culture.
Larry Rubin was a SNCC field secretary off and on between 1961 and 1965, first in SW Georgia and then in northern Mississippi. After SNCC, Larry went to Kentucky with an assignment from the Southern Conference Educational Fund. As a staff member of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, he focused on African-American/Jewish Relations, and did the same for the Philadelphia Urban Coalition. He was assistant to the president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, an African-American think tank. He has been active in Machar, a secular humanist Jewish group, and was its Sunday school principal. For 45 years, Larry has worked in the labor movement as an organizer, media and public relations specialist, speechwriter, publications editor, and political advocate. He was also a reporter for the Dayton Daily News, a speechwriter for the U.S. Department of Education, and served four terms on the Takoma Park, Maryland City Council. He is the Communications Director and DC-area Political Director for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, an affiliate of the Carpenters union.
Department: Center for African American Studies