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Former Freedom Rider to Speak at Upcoming Panel Discussion

freedomridersUHD students, faculty and staff are invited to attend "Students and the Struggle for Justice," a panel discussion to be held on Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium.

The panel will comprise former and current student activists who will discuss their personal experiences. Attendees will view clips from the "Freedom Riders" documentary, discuss past and present social justice initiatives, and meet distinguished panelists who contributed to the Civil Rights Movement.

The panelists include:

• Herbert Hamilton, a Texas Southern University alumnus and civil rights activist who participated in the Freedom Ride from Los Angeles to Houston in 1961,

• The Rev. Dr. Virgil Wood, a Baptist minister who served on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and worked directly with Martin Luther King, Jr.,

• Biko Gray, local activist and graduate student at Rice University, and

• Tarah Taylor, UHD student and local community organizer.

The event is sponsored by Created Equal, the Center for Critical Race Studies, and the Department of Social Sciences. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Jonathan Chism, lecturer of history.