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Civil rights activist Joanne Bland to give lecture Jan. 26

January 18, 2012

Joanne Bland

Joanne Bland
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Blugold Beginnings Learning Community and the student coordinators of the Civil Rights Pilgrimage will host a lecture by civil rights activist Joanne Bland at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in Room 007 of Phillips Science Hall.

The free lecture is open to all educators, students and community members interested in diversity and civil rights issues.

Bland, co-founder and former director of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Ala., is a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of the University of Staten Island in New York. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops around the country, working to promote civil and human rights, and increasing voter awareness.

Prior to the Jan. 26 lecture, Bland will join members of the Social Justice Living and Learning Community and Blugold Beginnings Learning Community for dinner.

On Jan. 27 Bland will meet with students in UW-Eau Claire's "Women of the Civil Rights Movement" course. She then will meet with students mentored through the Blugold Beginnings program at North High School. She also will give a lecture at an all-school assembly at North.

Bland's visit is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Blugold Beginnings Learning Community, Housing and Residence Life, College of Arts and Sciences, Visiting Minority Scholar program, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Dean of Students Office.

The program is made possible through Blugold Commitment and Visiting Minority Scholar funding.

Civil Rights Pilgrimage student coordinators are Sarah Tweedale, Nick Severson, Elsa Kraus, Mary Wolf, Jacqueline Lee, Mathias Hughey, Virgil Ward and Paul Williams.

For more information about Bland's campus or school lectures, contact Jodi Thesing-Ritter at 715-836-2325 or



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