November 7, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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From The Emancipation Proclamation, To The Election Of Barack Obama & The Death Of Trayvon Martin
A Hofstra University Cultural Center Symposium November 7 & November 8, 2013
At the time of the 40th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1903 W. E. B. Du Bois wrote, "the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line" ( The Souls of Black Folk). Sixty years later at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. declared: "But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. "
This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. As Americans commemorate these anniversaries, it is a time to consider how far the nation has come in its quest to become a more equal society.
In additon to the November 7 and 8 program, join Hofstra University for a series of events sponsored by different constituents of the University leading up to the symposium dates. Groups will explore and discuss the history and short and long term impact of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as modern-day slavery and injustice.
For more information, contact the Hofstra University Cultural Center at[masked] or visit www.hofstra.edu/culture