Francoise Hamlin, the Hans Rothfels Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies, and Judy Richardson, visiting lecturer in Africana studies, were featured speakers at “We’ll Never Turn Back: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement,” a national conference for teachers and librarians that was held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on April 3, 2013. The conference featured several speakers who played a part in the fight for civil rights during the 1960s, as well as award-winning authors who have written about those historical events, so that attendees might use their stories to inspire students to speak out against intolerance and injustice in today’s world. In her recent book, Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II, Hamlin writes about an exchange year in a Mississippi town that proved to be a life-changing experience. Richardson is a veteran civil rights activist, documentary filmmaker and educator who worked as a staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1963 to 1966.

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