"For me, the most important lesson
[of the Freedom Movement] is that by respecting the fact that fellow activists could passionately disagree over strategy and tactics—yet remain allies—they strengthened SNCC and the Movement as a whole."
From Bruce Hartford's article in the current issue of Urban Habitat.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Heroines of the Southern Freedom Movement

Black History Month Honors 50th
Anniversary of Heroines in Civil Rights
Sunday, February 27th, 2:00–4:30pm

Join FACES of the East Bay in honoring the 50th anniversary of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and the courageous women who risked their lives on the front lines of the civil rights movement.
The free event will feature presentations by four Bay Area activists and contributing authors to the new book Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC. Fifty-two women share their stories in this book about the movement that changed the course of history.

Hear the stories of “women bursting out of constraints, leaving school, leaving their hometowns, meeting new people, talking into the night, laughing, going to jail, being afraid, teaching in Freedom Schools, working in the field, dancing at the Elks Hall, working the WATS line to relay horror story after horror story, telling the press, telling the story, telling the word. And making a difference in the world.”

Jean Wiley, Cathy Cade, Jane Bond Moore, and Betita Martinez will be signing their book, and poet Chude Allen will moderate a discussion. Additional guests include Rev. Phil Lawson and pianist and composer Jacqui Hairston, who will present history and highlights of the musical spirit that carried the Civil Rights movement.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet the heroines and hear the stories and songs of this pivotal era.

Also, on Friday, February 25 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm, FACES will show two films, Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders, a powerful documentary about courageous women leading the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and 60s, and excerpts of You Got to Move, featuring profiles of Bernice Reagon and Bernice Robinson.

Location for both events: East Bay Church of Religious Science;
4130 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California. For further information
contact Amahra Hicks, 510-758-4212.

Bay Area Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement
East Bay Church of Religious Science
Ella Baker Center
OneLife Institute

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