Civil Rights and Individual Freedom: National Conversation on #RightsAndJustice

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Civil Rights and Individual Freedom

at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

On Friday, May 20, former President Jimmy Carter and Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the National Civil and Human Rights Center in Atlanta, launched the inaugural conversation with their discussion on "Citizen Participation in the Political Process for Change."

Their discussion was followed by a panel on “Civil Rights: Then and Now,” moderated by Jelani William Cobb, contributing editor to the New Yorker and Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Panelists include Dr. Kurt Young, Associate Professor of Political Science at Clark Atlanta University, Ouleye Ndoye, Columbia University, Karin Ryan, Senior Policy Advisor on Human Rights and Special Representative on Women and Girls for the Carter Center, and Lisa Williams, Founder of Circle of Friends.

On Saturday, May 21, Dr. Maurice Hobson, Georgia State University, moderated "Taking a Stand: Activism Today." Panelists included Carrie Freshour, Cornell University; Laura Emiko Soltis, Freedom University; and Fahamu Pecou, visual/performing artist and scholar. The panel was followed by a performance by Peabody Award-winning poet Abyss.

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Presented in part by AT&T, Ford Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.