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Contact: Christine Payton Sept. 1, 2004
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
A symposium commemorating the desegregation of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now UL Lafayette) in 1954 will be held on Sept. 10 and 11. The enrollment of 80 African-American students at SLI in the fall of 1954 marked the earliest large-scale desegregation of a Deep South public institution of higher education.

The symposium combines academic and public discussions of desegregation and the civil rights movement in Louisiana.

Schedule of events:

Friday, Sept. 10:

• 9:30 am. to 11 a.m.: “Effects of the Civil Rights Era on Higher Education”

Moderator: Gordon Harvey, UL Monroe
Panelists: Amy Thompson McCandless, College of Charleston; Clarence Mohr, University of South Alabama; and Melissa Kean, Rice University
Location: Abdalla Hall auditorium in University Research Park

• 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: “SLI during the Era of Integration”

Moderator: James Wilson, UL Lafayette
Panelist: Michael Wade, Appalachian State University
Commentator: Leonard Moore, Louisiana State University
Location: Hamilton Hall auditorium

• 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: “Religion, Politics and the Law during the Era of Integration”

Moderator: Tiwanna Simpson, LSU
Panelists: Andre Moore, Saint Anselem College; Glen Jeansonne, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and John V. White, LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Location: Hamilton Hall auditorium

Saturday, Sept. 11:

• 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: “Louisiana and the Civil Rights Revolution”

Moderator: Kevin Fontenot, Tulane University
Panelists: Eric Arnesen, University of Illinois-Chicago; Greta de Jong, University of Nevada-Reno; and Anthony Badger, Cambridge University
Location: Lafayette Public Library, Clifton Chenier Branch

• 10:45 a.m. to noon: “Reflections and Remembrances of the Civil Rights Movement in Lafayette”

Panelists: Patricia Rickels, Joe Dennis, Marion Overton White and Shawn Wilson
Location: Lafayette Public Library, Clifton Chenier Branch

For more information, call the UL Lafayette History and Geography Department at (337) 482-6900 or e-mail Dr. Michael Martin at msm6506@louisiana.edu

Document last revised Monday, August 1, 2005 1:36 PM

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