Centre College to offer civil rights programming

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DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Centre College is planning to offer community programs over the next year that focus on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement.

The Advocate-Messenger (http://bit.ly/1wvWT4H) reports a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities has made the initiative possible.

As part of the project, four films will be shown about the civil rights movement and related campus programming will be led by Professor of Politics Daniel Stroup and Assistant Vice President for Diversity Education J.H. Atkins. The events will provide students and community members an opportunity to discuss issues surrounding race relations.

"The grant really carries with it fairly minimal responsibilities, but we decided to use it as the opportunity to do even more," Stroup said. "We've been working with people at the public library, as well as administrators at public schools to try to integrate this topic into the local schools curriculum."

In addition to the films, racial equality will be the theme of several campus convocations, with the first being a Constitution Day address by author and speaker Taylor Branch on Wednesday on the "Myth and Miracles from the King Years."

"Taylor Branch is one of the most respected scholars of the movement," Stroup said. "I can think of no better way to launch a yearlong conversation on those questions of race relations in America — still a very important, and necessary, discussion to this day."


Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews

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