Roosevelt University Civil Rights Conference to Feature Discussions on Justice Then and Now

Civil Rights

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–February 17, 2015.  Roosevelt University will host a major two-day conference on civil rights being held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21 at 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Civil rights movement veterans from around the country will be on hand to share recollections of the Selma to Montgomery March, the Chicago Freedom Movement and Black Power movement. Three films and musical performances by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singers (featuring Selma native Betty Mae Fikes), and Maggie Brown are other highlights of the program.

The conference will be held in remembrance of the Selma to Montgomery March, the 1964-65 Chicago School Boycotts and the murders of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark.

Both days of the conference will have meetings and discussions on the history of the Civil Rights Movement. This includes the history of local organizing in the South, the formation of SNCC, and the struggle for voting rights.  But the conference will also focus on how these past struggles relate to current struggles for racial and economic justice.

The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors include Roosevelt University, its St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies, the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, Benedictine University, the Crossroads Foundation, Arkus Center for Social Justice and the University of Chicago office of Special Programs-College Prep.

To register for the conference, visit A picture ID is required at check-in/registration.