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Professor to Speak on Civil Rights Tour

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow, Westminster College professor of sociology, will present "Going to Alabama with Julian Bond" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

Kitzerow has taught about the Civil Rights movement for much of her teaching career. She will share her experiences from a trip in March to sites that were central to the movement, including the church and parsonage of Martin Luther King Jr.; Tuskegee Institute; the Southern Poverty Law Center; and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the march on "Bloody Sunday" occurred in Selma.

Along the route, Kitzerow met John Lewis, congressman from Georgia and former Civil Rights leader; the Rev. Bob Graetz, the only white minister to support the Montgomery bus boycott, and his wife; Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister; the Rev. Rollins, who marched on "Bloody Sunday;" and some of the adults who, as children, were met by police dogs and fire hoses when they marched in Birmingham.

Accompanying the group was Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, who is currently chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Kitzerow, who has been with Westminster since 1978, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and master's and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics, during her term as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning. Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Contact Kitzerow at (724) 946-7252 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Phyliis Kitzerow