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   Rhodes College’s Communities in Conversation presents “Celebrating Ida B. Wells @ 150

   Date : Monday, 29 October 2012       From : 6:30pm   To : 8:30pm
   Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia       Location : McCallum Ballroom/ Crain Reception Hall

   Event Description :

Rhodes College’s Communities in Conversation will present a series of events on October 29 and 30, “Celebrating Ida B. Wells @ 150.” Wells (1862-1931) came of age in Memphis, moving to the city in 1880. She was forced to flee Memphis for her anti-lynching journalism in 1892. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of this civil rights and anti-lying activist pioneer.

All events are free and open to the public.

On Monday, October 29 at 5pm the celebration begins with Mayor Wharton on campus to christen the new Memphis Center, publically opening this major new institution at Rhodes College. The Memphis Center will act as the umbrella for all Rhodes programs that work within the Memphis community and research its history, including the Crossroads to Freedom Digital Archive, which collects documents and oral histories of those in Memphis involved in the civil rights movement. A reception will follow in the Memphis Center.

At 6:30 pm, a public reception will lead into the keynote address by Paula Giddings, who will give a lecture titled, “A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching” in the Bryan Campus Life Center. Giddings, Professor of African-American Studies at Smith College, is author of Ida: A Sword Among Lions, the definitive prize-winning biography of the anti-lynching activist. .

For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Judaken, the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes, at (901) 843-3292 or

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