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Voices of The Civil Rights Movement

Monday April 15, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

Jefferson School City Center
African American Heritage Center

233 Fourth Street, NW
Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia Center for Politics invites you to hear stories from brave heroines of the Civil Rights Movement. Panelists will discuss their involvement in the following milestones of the era:

  • The Moton School Walk-Out
  • Massive Resistance
  • 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
  • March on Washington
  • The Freedom March
  • The Children's Crusade
As part of the Center's Anniversary Series, this event is free and open to the public with required advance online registration.

Voices of The Civil Rights Movement

Panel Participants:

Moderator: Dr. Patrice Preston Grimes
Dr. Grimes is Associate Dean in Office of African-American Affairs and an Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education at University of Virginia.

Joanne Bland
She marched on Bloody Sunday and Turn Around Tuesday, where Bland witnessed fellow activists being shot and beaten by the police National Guard.

Edwilda Allen Isaac
When Edwilda Isaac was 13 years old, she helped lead a march of 400 black students out of their segregated high school and into civil rights history in Farmville Virginia. The protest led to a lawsuit against Prince Edward County that ultimately became part of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision.

Rita Moseley
During Massive Resistance, Rita spent two years without any education until her parents sent her to live in a county more than 120 miles away so that she could still attend school.

Sarah Collins Rudolph
Sarah was the "fifth girl" inside the Ladies' Lounge of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama when a bomb thrown by a member of the KKK detonated almost fifty years ago on Sunday, September 15, 1963 killing her sister and three other little girls.

Catherine Scott
One of a group of black students from Farmville, Virginia that participated in the March on Washington in August 1963 where Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I have a dream" speech.


This event is free and open to the public. Online registration is required at

If you have any questions, please email Glenn Crossman at or (434) 243-3540.