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Hofstra Symposium Examines Racial Equality

From the Emancipation Proclamation to the Election of Barack Obama and the Death of Trayvon Martin

A member of the Little Rock Nine, Presidential Fellows Howard Dean and Ed Rollins, and the chair of the NAACP Board of Directors are among the guests to Hofstra University who will commemorate the anniversaries of The Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the March on Washington in a series of events to be held at Hofstra in early November.

From the Emancipation Proclamation to the Election of Barack Obama and the Death of Trayvon Martin will begin with a lecture on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, continue with a two-day symposium, November 7 and 8, and also include a panel discussion on November 13. All events are free and open to the public. However, advance registration is recommended because seating is limited for some events. More information is available at 516-463-5669 or

In addition to the public programs, there will be a meeting of middle school students from Jericho and Uniondale on Thursday, November 7, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. to discuss bridge building across communities and the role young people can play in our nation’s struggle to move on from recent racially-charged events, such as the killing of Trayvon Martin. The students will continue sharing their observations with one another throughout the day as they attend the symposium panels together.

Dr. Alan Singer, professor of education at Hofstra, says society’s continuing issues with race is a legacy left by a society long past. “The failure of the Civil War to resolve issues of racial equality 150 years ago continues to have an impact on us to this day,” Dr. Singer believes.

Lecture and Symposium Highlights:

Tuesday, November 5, 7 p.m.
“On the Front Line with the Little Rock Nine: A Conversation with Ernest Green,” civil rights activist and graduate of Little Rock Central High School. He was one of the Little Rock Nine –the first African-American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in 1957. He was the only senior of the group and became the first African American to graduate from the previous all-white school. This event, sponsored by Hofstra’s NAACP Chapter, will take place at the Student Center Theater at the Mack Student Center, North Campus.

Thursday, November 7, 9:35 a.m.
“What Does John F. Kennedy’s Call to Public Service Mean for American Youth Today?” Featuring former DNC chairman Howard B. Dean III and political strategist Edward Rollins, both Senior Presidential Fellows for Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency. Also featuring Scott D. Reich, author of The Power of Citizenship: Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation.

Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Keynote address by Roslyn Brock, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, “(100)50 Years: At the Crossroads of Jobs, Freedom and Equality.” Ms. Brock made history in February 2010 when she was unanimously elected as the NAACP’s 14th Chairman.  She is the youngest person and fourth woman to hold this position.

November 7 and 8:
Panel discussions on Slavery on Long Island.

Also on the Schedule:

November 7

Screenings of The March (1 p.m.), Slavery and the Law (2:30 p.m.), and The Abolitionists (6 p.m.). The March is a documentary on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – the biggest civil protest in American history. Slavery and the Law follows a group of Brooklyn youth as they work to create a wall mural that commemorates the shift from enslavement to the Civil Rights Movement. The Abolitionists documents how a pacifist movement evolved into a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed our nation.

November 8

10 a.m. Lectures:
“History and Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation,” presented by Andor Skotnes, The Sage Colleges
“Lincoln and Gettysburg,” presented by Hofstra Professor Alan Singer

11:30 a.m. Screening of Underground Railroad: The William Still Story. This film tells the story of one of the most important yet largely unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. He was the director of a complex network of abolitionists, sympathizers and safe houses that stretched from Philadelphia to what is now Southern Ontario.

Wednesday, November 13, 11:15 a.m.
“The Challenges of Emancipation in the Atlantic World. Featuring Benjamin Talton, Temple University; Enrique Martino, Humboldt University of Berlin; and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Tufts University.


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