Joanne Bland has been a participant in some of the most consequential civil rights battles in United States history. Born in Selma, Alabama and working with SNCC (the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee), she had been arrested over a dozen times by the time she was 11 years old. She was one of the youngest participants in Bloody Sunday (March 7, 1965), marching alongside 600 activists attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge who were brutally beaten, tear gassed, and hit by policemen on horses with billy clubs. She's a lifelong voting rights activist whose work continues to challenge barriers to voting.
Join us to meet Ms. Bland and hear her speak about her experience in the Civil Rights Movement and engage in dialogue about the continued work needed to ensure fair access to voting.
This event is sponsored by Sankofa Tzedek and open to all members of the Columbia undergraduate community.
There will also be an opportunity to learn about Sankofa Tzedek, which brings together a cohort of students on campus for a year of personal identity development, intergroup dialogue, intercultural learning, relationship-building, and social justice education that centers the experiences and histories of Black and Jewish communities.
Registration is required.