Although national in scope, the twentieth century struggle for black equality depended on the efforts of local women and men committed to securing basic human rights for all Americans within their own neighborhoods, towns, cities, and states. This was a struggle that began long before the sit-ins and protest marches of the 1960s and it continues into the present day. The Filson's spring 2012 public conference, "National Issues, Local Struggles: The Civil Rights Movement in the Ohio Valley and Beyond," explores various strands of the struggle for black civil and political equality, moving beyond a top-down focus on the national movement. The conference brings together leading civil rights scholars and Louisville activists to explore how local people-black and white, women and men-fought for racial justice over many years and together helped transform the United States.
Thursday, May 17
5:30 p.m. - Reception and viewing of the 20th Century African American Collections at The Filson exhibit
6:30 p.m. - Keynote Lecture: "The Civil Rights Movement and the Possibilities of Democracy"
John Dittmer, Professor Emeritus, DePaw University
Friday, May 18
9:30 a.m. - "St. Louis, the Border South, and the Place of the Border in Black Freedom Studies"
Clarence Lang, Associate Professor, Department of African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas
10:45 a.m. - "Women's Important Role in the Civil Rights Movement"
Rhonda Y. Williams, Associate Professor and Director of CWRU Social Justice Institute/Alliance, Case Western Reserve University
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - "Upon This Rock: African American Migration, Urban Renewal and the Struggle for Open Housing in Louisville, Kentucky"
Luther Adams, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies, University of Washington, Tacoma
2:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion
Moderated by Tracy K'Meyer, Chairperson and Professor of A&S History, University of Louisville
-- J. Blaine Hudson, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville
-- Mervin Aubespin, Local Civil Rights Activist and retired associate editor at the Courier-Journal
-- Raul Cunningham, Longtime NAACP Activist
Saturday, May 19
Field Trip - Civil Rights Driving Tour
Led by Catherine Fosl, Mervin Aubespin, and Bob Cunningham
Designed by Catherine Fosl, Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies/History and Director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, University of Louisville