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Panel Examines History of US Civil Rights Movement from King to Obama

January 16, 2009

What: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Drexel’s Office of Multicultural Programs and the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will host a panel discussion titled “Yes We Can: American Civil Rights from Martin Luther King Jr. to President Obama.”

The panel will follow a screening of the film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and will feature civil rights activists, attorneys and historians commenting on America’s civil rights progress since the 1950s.

Who: Drexel Trustee Dr. Donna Gentile O’Donnell will introduce the panelists: -Dr. Reverend Thomas Lane Butts, minister emeritus of First United Methodist Church in Monroeville, Ala. and author of Tigers in the Dark -Carl Singley, dean emeritus, Temple University School of Law and an attorney at WolfBlock LLP -Dr. Sheldon Hackney, president emeritus and professor, University of Pennsylvania, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities who specializes in the American South since the Civil War. -Dr. Donald F. Tibbs, professor, Drexel’s Earle Mack School of Law, and author of Black Power, Prison Power: Race and Legal Consciousness in the Making and Unmaking of the Jones Case.

When: Sunday, January 18, 2009, at 6 p.m.

Where: Mitchell Auditorium, Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center (Market Street, between 31st and 32nd Streets)


On-site contact: Hilary McNamara, Westphal College 215-895-1029 or

News Media Contact: Niki Gianakaris, assistant director, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-6741, 215-778-7752 (cell) or

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