University of Tennessee at Martin to host annual Civil Rights Conference

University of Tennessee at Martin to host annual Civil Rights Conference

MARTIN, TN (KFVS) - The University of Tennessee at Martin's 16th annual Civil Rights Conference will take place from Feb. 14-20.

The focus of the conference will be "Unfinished Business: the Continuing Struggle for Civil Rights in America." Rev. William Barber II will give the keynote address at 7 p.m., Feb. 18.

Conference events begin Feb. 14 with a showing of the Oscar-winning film "Selma," which focuses on the 1965 civil rights battle in Selma, Ala. The screening will be held at 6 and 9 p.m. in Watkins Auditorium.

Thursday, Feb. 18, is the conference's busiest day and will feature several speakers. Dr. Errol Henderson, associate professor of political science at Penn State University, will present "The Historical Significance of the Civil Rights Movement" at 9:30 a.m. Sheila Bright, fine art photographer, will speak on "Black Lives Matter and the Historic Civil Rights Movement" at 11 a.m.

The Roots of Rhythm performance will also be presented at the Discovery Park of America in Union City at 11 a.m., Feb. 19, and at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Feb. 20, in cooperation with the conference. This performance is included with the price of park admission.

These are just some of the many events that are planned.

UT Martin is one of only two public universities in the country to host an annual Civil Rights Conference.

For more information, contact Dr. David Barber, associate professor of history and conference coordinator, at 731-881-7465 or by email at

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