Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of A Nation

Civil War to Civil Rights IconCivil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation

September 5 & 6, 2013
Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation

Observing the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the symposium will be both commemorative and forward-looking.

Hosted by the Clarice Smith Center, in partnership with the UMD School of Public Policy and the UMD School of Public Health, the symposium is the launch of The National Civil War Project at the Center. With the Civil War as the genesis of the Civil Rights Movement in this country, scholarly presentations and stimulating artistic experiences will examine issues of the Civil War through the lens of our nation’s civil rights struggles. It will place the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in its historic context, both as the culmination of the struggle since the Emancipation Proclamation and as the stage-setting for a new generation of civil rights issues that reveal the important— but often hidden — inequalities of our time.

Throughout the symposium, ‘visual journalist’ Ellen Lovelidge will capture salient points using artistic interpretation. Able to see ideas from an innovative perspective and present them to audiences with a combination of words and pictures, Lovelidge’s work will allow symposium attendees to interpret and embrace new concepts. The pieces created as part of the symposium will be displayed in the lobby and samples will be available to attendees as artistic documentation of their experience.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

6 – 6:45PM
Opening reception
7 – 8:15PM
Keynote: Why the March on Washington Still Resonates Today

Julian Bond, speaker
Introduction by UMD student Jazz Lewis

Fifty years ago, and 100 years following the Civil War, more than 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to mount a peaceful protest for jobs and freedom for African Americans. One of the largest rallies for human rights in our history, it fueled support for the Civil Rights Movement and led to the passage of legislation that transformed our nation. Civil rights leader and activist Julian Bond was at the March and has devoted his career to fighting for human equality.

His speech will explore the goals of both the 1963 march and the August 24, 2013 march, giving consideration to the civil rights movement then and now. Mr. Bond will recount his own history and experiences at both marches, making the connection to the significance of the recent Trayvon Martin case and the Voting Rights Amendment.

8:30 – 9PM
Creative framing

Liz Lerman, choreographer, speaker and author
Vincent Thomas, choreographer, dancer and educator

What does change look like today? Are our actions relevant? How do we keep ourselves going? What feeds us? Our bodies are both a source of knowledge and a tool for inquiry. Liz Lerman and Vincent Thomas, experts on embodied learning, will draw on participants' observations, experiences, and ideas about the issues addressed in the symposium, and then reflect on and synthesize what's happening and what might be possible. Requiring only curiosity, expect to engage, witness, listen, imagine and make art together.

Friday, September 6, 2013

10 –11:30AM
TerpTalks: Jobs and Freedom: How Far Have We Come?

Preceded by creative framing for the day with Liz Lerman, choreographer, speaker, MacArthur fellow; Vincent Thomas, choreographer, dancer and educator; and Donald F. Kettl, Dean, UMD School of Public Policy, Dean, UMD School of Public Policy

Despite the successes of the March on Washington and the Civil Rights Movement, we are still striving to achieve the principles behind the movement: equality, peace, and freedom. African-Americans continue to struggle disproportionately against poverty and to gain equal access to education and health care. Our TerpTalkers will speak for 15 minutes followed by the opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

REV. CEDRIC A. HARMON: “Creating a More Perfect Union”

Rev. Harmon is Co-Director with Ann Thompson Cook of Many Voices, a Black Church Movement aimed at growing and nurturing gay and transgender justice.

HOWARD SMEAD: “Racial Violence as the Defining Truth of White Racism”

Dr. Smead teaches in the History Department and Honors College at UMD and is the author of Blood Justice: The Lynching of Mack Charles Parker, which recounts an all but forgotten lynching in Poplarville, Mississippi in 1959, and Don’t Trust Anyone Over Thirty, a history of the Baby Boomer generation.

PERLA M. GUERRERO : “Reactions to a Diversifying U.S. South”

Dr. Guerrero is Assistant Professor of American Studies & U.S. Latina/o Studies at UMD. She is in the process of writing Asians and Latinas/os Remaking Arkansas: Race, Labor, Place, and Community, which traces the arrival and racialization of refugees and immigrants in the last quarter of the 20th century.

DARIUS GRAHAM: “Cultivating Community Change”

Darius is the founder and director of DC Social Innovation Project, an organization that provides both funding and pro bono services to support the development and launch of innovative community initiatives in Washington, DC.

11:30 – 11:45AM
11:45AM – 12:30PM
TerpTalks, continued
STEPHEN B. THOMAS: “Why Race Matters in Eliminating Health Disparities”

Dr. Thomas is a Professor of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health and Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity. He is one of the nation’s leading scholars on health inequities and works to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.

KALIMA YOUNG: “Mapping the Arts to Transform the Community”

Kalima directs the Baltimore Art + Justice Project in the Office of Community Engagement at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is also an instructor in LGBT Studies at Towson University.

ANDY SHALLAL: “The Prism of Race in America”

Andy is an Iraqi-American artist and activist, as well as founder of the Busboys and Poets restaurants in the greater Washington, DC area.

12:30 – 1:15PM
And the March Continues

A conversation with UMD student activists Raaheela Ahmed, Ola Ojewumi, Andrew Mulinge and Sarah Ferrell
Facilitated by Truman Scholar and UMD student Mohammad Zia

The new era of civil rights activism is alive and well on college campuses across the nation, including here at the University of Maryland. Join these young visionaries as they talk about the impact that the Civil Rights Movement has had on their work and how it continues to inspire them in their pursuit of social change.

1:15 – 2PM
2 – 3:15PM
Rights, Equality and the American Dream

Panel discussion
Judith Browne Dianis, founder of the Advancement Project
Peter Edelman, Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center
The Rev. Dr. Edna Canty Jenkins, Embry Center for Family Life
Stephen B. Thomas, Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity
The Rev. Dr. Christine Wiley, Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ
Kojo Nnamdi, moderator
Introduced by UMD student Ben Simon

The Enlightenment era gave rise to the United States of America and promised great opportunity. The emergence of public libraries and schools, transportation departments, the democratization of elections and the GI Bill guided millions into an upward mobility that seemed without limit. But opportunities have never been universal and African Americans have long been at the end of the line, even as other minority groups have gained access to them faster. Voting rights, education, health, housing and libraries have always been unevenly distributed. Join our speakers in the conversation of why racial inequities are on the rise again and what we can do to address this reality.

3:15 – 3:30PM
3:30 – 4:45PM
Keynote: Still Marching: the Work That Lies Ahead

Marian Wright Edelman, speaker
Preceded by creative framing by Liz Lerman and Vincent Thomas

The March on Washington paved the way for major changes in our country. But the struggle for equality continues in the fight for equal access to health care, education, and a shot at living the American dream. Marian Wright Edelman, a participant in the March and a lifelong activist for racial justice and children’s rights, will consider how far we’ve come and how far we have to go to achieve its goals.

4:45 – 5:30PM
Marching Forward: A Call to Action

Touré, speaker

Generations that have come after the March on Washington know only a transformed America, in which discrimination based on race is prohibited, and equal access for everyone is protected by the law. Writer, commentator and cultural critic Touré will discuss what the movement means to post-Civil Rights generations, and deliver a call to action to continue working toward the movement’s goals.

Christian McBride Big Band, Harry Belafonte and Heritage Signature Chorale: The Movement Revisited

Christian McBride, Harry Belafonte and Heritage Signature Chorale kick off our 2013-2014 season with a new incarnation of The Movement Revisited, a four-part suire dedicated to four major figures of the Civil Rights Movement: Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Separate tickets are required; purchase them here.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Maryland Humanities Council.

This program is also supported by the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council.

The National Civil War Project is a multi-city, multi-year collaboration between four universities and five performing arts organizations to create original works and innovative academic programming inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

UMD School of Public Policy   The Center for Health Equity, UMD School of Public Health   UMD College of Arts and Humanities

Civil War to Civil Rights

This event is part of our Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation series.

Videos of symposium sessions

Visit the Civil War to Civil Rights channel on Vimeo to view videos from all symposium sessions.

Drawings by Ellen Lovelidge, visual journalist

Visit Flickr to view and download photos of drawings by Ellen Lovelidge made during symposium sessions.

About Ellen Lovelidge

Ellen Lovelidge is a visual journalist, graphic recorder, illustrator and digital strategist for Visual Insight. Her academic background is in natural sciences including marine ecology, environmental policy and sustainable living. Ellen is also the author of several blog posts and copy for a variety of brands and online publications involving topics such as food & drink, science, music and lifestyle.

Photos from the symposium

View official symposium photos on Flickr, and view crowdsourced #UMDMarchesOn photos on our Facebook page.


View the #UMDMarchesOn Tagboard to view tweets, photos and other posts related to the symposium.

Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers

Visit for more information about his project by the Center for Health Equity at the UMD School of Public Health.

Review by The Huffington Post


The conference beautifully placed the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in its historic context, both as the culmination of the struggle since the Emancipation Proclamation, and as the stage-setting for a new generation of civil rights issues that reveal the important -- but often hidden -- inequalities of our time. The larger social message of the civil rights symposium remained to address the misconception that racial inequality ended with Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.

– OLA OJEWUMI , The Huffington Post, December 12, 2013

Review by DCMetroTheaterArts

Linking the social issues of yesterday to the modern-day march for civil rights and economic justice, Bond’s frank essay on where American has been, where we are now , and where we should be headed, brought the audience to its feet as he eloquently laid out his plain-talking but optimistic views on America’s future.

– RAMONA HARPER, DCMetroTheaterArts, September 7, 2013

Segment by The Diamondback

Review by The Diamondback

The first speaker in the center’s two-day symposium…[Julian] Bond detailed his experiences at the first march, discussing the tumult and violence of 1963…juxtaposed with the peace of the march.

– BEENA RAGHAVENDRAN, The Dimaondback, September 6, 2013

Preview by The Gazette

“There are so many issues that are going on today in society ... it may not be being called an inflammatory name to your face or being in a situation where you couldn’t drink out of a certain fountain, but there’s definitely a lot of problems that exist in the African American community and here in America,” [UMD student Andrew] Mulinge said.

– CARA HEDGEPETH, The Gazette, September 5, 2013

Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement

Visit the Newseum to view their Make Some Noise exhibit, which explores the new generation of student leaders in the early 1960s who fought segregation by making their voices heard. This exhibit is on display indefinitely.