Research and Scholarship Symposium

From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their safety to travel unsegregated on buses and trains through the Deep South. In this photo, members of the Washington Freedom Riders Committee prepare to leave New York for Washington, D.C., on May 30, 1961. (Courtesy of US Embassy / The Hague)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
4:00 – 6:00PM
10th Floor, Weiser Hall, 500 Church Street, University of Michigan


As part of the U-M Fall 2017 Marching Forward series, we invite you to engage across disciplines, generations, and communities to advance research and scholarship that addresses political, social, and economic injustices, and/or explores strategies for effective social justice mobilization.

This symposium is held in honor of Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s acclaimed graphic novel trilogy, March, recounts Lewis’s experiences throughout the Civil Rights Movement. In protest marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, John Lewis and 600 other marchers drew attention to the importance of voting rights for all African Americans.


The marchers were brutally attacked by state troopers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. John Lewis and the marchers did not abandon their cause, but instead propelled the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Through this symposium, we aim to engage the U-M community in further understanding critical historical topics and fostering an intellectual community to explore the civil rights issues of today.

A Freedom Rider bus goes up in flames after a fire bomb was tossed through its window near Anniston, Alabama in 1961. (Courtesy of Richard Layman)

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This event is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative, Department of Psychology, National Center for Institutional Diversity, and the Rackham Program in Public Scholarship.