Thursday, February 23
This panel discussion was free and the public is welcome.
On the 2012 “The City” theme and as part of Black History Month, UC² presented a panel discussion about the civil rights movement in Fort Wayne. With experience that spans from the 1960s to today, our panelists discussed their personal efforts locally and nationally as well as offered their views on the evolution of the movement. This was a unique experience which brought together an impressive array of experts to talk about civil rights from the perspective of long-time Fort Wayne residents.
Quinton Dixie offered a short introduction to the evening's theme, followed by individual presentations from each panel speaker. A question-and-answer time was set aside following the individual presentations, moderated by Dixie.
About Our Panel Speakers:
James Redmond is a professional photographer, community activist and “professional agitator.” He has participated in marches and demonstrations, worked tirelessly in black voter registration, and is a frequent contributor to Frost Illustrated newspaper. Redmond is also a civil rights educator who has been active in the Fort Wayne civil rights movement since the early 1970’s.
Larry Lee is president of Leepoxy Plastics. He has been a civil and human rights activist since the early 1960’s, frequent contributor to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and Frost Illustrated newspapers on issues of civil rights. Lee participated in marches and demonstrations, including Rallies for Justice in Meridian and Philadelphia, MS in 2010 and 2011 to prompt arrests on state murder charges of the Ku Klux Klansmen who lynched three civil rights workers in 1964. He also initiated the current grass-roots movement to rename Clinton Street “Martin Luther King Boulevard” and serves on the Fort Wayne Urban League and United Hispanic Americans, Martin Luther King Club boards.
Quinton Dixie is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy. His areas of interest include African-American religious history, religion and labor, hip-hop and spirituality, and the civil rights movement. His work includes (with Princeton University’s Cornell West) The Courage of Hope: From Black Suffering to Human Redemption and (with NPR journalist Juan Williams) the PBS documentary, This Far by Faith. He recently published Visions of a Better World: Howard Thurman's Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence.