Preliminary Program Overview SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference April 15-18, 2010 Raleigh, NC Wednesday April 14, 2010 Registration and packet pick-up for those pre-registered will be open at the Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley – the Conference hotel – from 1-9pm. Lunch vouchers, T-shirts and other memorabilia will also be available for sale. A Hospitality/Schmooze Room at the hotel will be open 4-9:30pm for informal gathering. A 60’s Welcome Party with music and snacks will take place at the hotel from 6:30-10:30pm if we find a sponsor to pay for it. Thursday April 15, 2010 Shuttle busses will be available to take conferees from the Marriott to Shaw University in the morning and back to the hotel in the late afternoon. Or you may use your private car but there is no free parking available at Shaw. A “meet and greet lounge” will be open at Shaw from 9am to 5pm each day of the Conference. There will also be a staging area available for documentarians. The first day’s programming focuses on the founding and early years of SNCC. The opening plenary session will begin at 8:45am in the Shaw University Chapel with music and a visual remembrance of the founders of SNCC. The morning’s Opening Plenary will be opened by Chuck McDew, who will introduce Julian Bond, who will talk about “What We Did”. Following a short break, the Conference will break into three workshops from 10:30am to Noon. Workshop #1 – “Early Student Movement Philosophy and Activism”, Workshop #2 – “From Student Activists to Field Organizers”, Workshop #3 – “SNCC Builds an Organization” Lunch at the Shaw University Gymnasium will feature as its main speaker Rev. James Lawson, who was the keynote speaker at SNCC’s founding conference in April 1960. Following lunch, there will be 3 more breakout sessions from 2:15-3:45pm: Workshop #1 – “The Societal Response to SNCC”, Workshop #2 – “The Black Church and the Black Struggle”, Workshop #3 – “More than a Hamburger: Civil Liberties, The Vietnam War, and Taking on the Establishment” Following a break, there will be three more breakout sessions from 4-5:30pm: Workshop #1 – “Moving on Mississippi: The early days of organizing, the Summer Project, and the MFDP” Workshop #2 – “Alabama: Black Power, Selma, Tuskegee, and Lowndes County” Workshop #3 – “Southwest Georgia: The Light of Freedom, voter registration and political organization” 5-7pm Dinner on your own and return to the Marriott. In the evening there will be several concurrent programs at the Marriott: -The Hospitality/Schmooze room will be open for informal gathering from 7-10pm; -A Book and Author Fair will take place from 7-9pm; -The play “Education of a Harvard Guy” by John Perdew will be presented from 7-9pm; -A film program, curated by Judy Richardson, will show movement films from 7-11pm; -a room will be available for small group reunions. Friday April 16, 2010 The conference plenary opening session begins in the Shaw University Chapel at 9am with music and a photo montage “Recognizing and Remembering the Student Movement”. The morning’s breakout sessions from 9:45 – 11:45am are: Workshop #1 – “The Impact and Influence of SNCC on American Society 1960 to 1968”, Workshop #2 – “What was SNCC? How did it Evolve Over the Years? Why Did the Organization Cease to Exist?” Workshop #3 – “Arkansas, Cambridge, Md., and Danville VA organizing”. Lunch in the Shaw University gymnasium will feature a talk by Harry Belafonte, who will be introduced by Connie Curry. The afternoon’s first break-out sessions from 2:15-3:45pm are: Workshop #1 – “Organizing Elections in the South”, Workshop #2 – “Black Power/Education/Pan Africanism” Workshop #3 – “Up South: Friends of SNCC, Northern Student Movement, National Student Association, and SDS”. Following a break, the next sessions from 4-5:30pm are: Workshop #1 – “Women Leaders and Organizers”, Workshop #2 – “Depictions of the Movement in Popular Culture”, Workshop #3 – “Highlander, SSOC and Organizing in the White Community”. Dinner break from 5:30-7:30pm. Dinner on your own, and return to the Marriott. In the evening at the Marriott: -the North Carolina NAACP will hold a meeting on their proposal to preserve the homeplace of Ms. Ella Baker; -The Hospitality/Schmooze Room at the Marriott will be available as a Social Networking Venue for Young People from 7-10pm; -From 7-11pm there will be a second evening of civil rights movement films, curated by Judy Richardson; -There will be rooms available for reunions. Saturday, April 17, 2010 Saturday’s programming will focus on youth. The morning program will begin at 9am with music, and a photo montage “Recognize and Remember Local Participation”. The morning plenary at 9:45am will feature a keynote speech by Diane Nash. The first panel of the day is “It’s Gonna Be Our World” featuring the children of SNCC veterans. All the children of SNCC workers who are in attendance will be introduced. Lunch in the Shaw University gymnasium will begin with the introduction and honoring of all SNCC’s former chairs (or their representative), and a speech by Congressman John Lewis, who will be introduced by Rev. David Forbes. The afternoon Breakout Sessions will feature young activists from around the country, including representatives from the Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom Schools, The Gathering, The Algebra Project, Education for Liberation, Pen and Pencil. From 4:14-5pm is free time to mingle and reunion. The Conference Meet and Greet Lounge will be open. At 5pm we will gather in the Shaw Gymnasium for dinner, informal singing, and the Evening Musical Program “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” featuring movement song leaders, the Freedom Singers, Pete Seeger, and Guy & Candy Carawan. Back at the Marriott, the Hospitality/Schmooze room will be open from 9pm to Midnight, and the Conference will sponsor an After Party from 9pm to Midnight with music, snacks, and a cash bar. Sunday, April 18, 2010 The morning program at the Shaw University Chapel will open at 9:30am with music. Our guest speaker at the 10am Plenary is Robert Moses, who will be introduced by Dave Dennis. We will have a Farewell Ceremony from 11am to Noon “Solidarity of Past, Present and Future” with Bernice Reagon presiding. Shuttle busses will return conferees to the Marriott at 12:30pm.
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