WESTPORT, Conn. — Julian Madison, an associate professor of history at Southern Connecticut State University, will speak about the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1964 Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 pm., in the Westport Library’s McManus Room.
The program is free and open to the public.
Madison will also talk about how 1964’s “Freedom Summer” helped to bring about change and the status of voting rights 50 years later.
This lecture honors the work of renowned illustrator and Westporter Tracy Sugarman, who was a noted Civil Rights activist. Sugarman wrote and illustrated two books about his experience, "Stranger at the Gates" and "We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns," as well as one novel, "Nobody Said Amen."
Madison is in his 20th year (16th at Southern Connecticut State University) as a professor of history. Among his publications are “The Limits of American Power in the Philippines” and “The Importance of Jesse Owens and Joe Louis in the American Psyche.”
He has two manuscripts scheduled for publication in 2016: "A Death and Life Matter: Bruce Klunder and The Fight to End Segregated Schools in Cleveland, Ohio," and "The Changing Political Climate of Post-War America and the Desegregation of Sports, 1945-1952." He is currently finishing a book on Philippine women in America.
He is on the national council for the American Association of University Professors, the National Association for Minority Professors and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, a fraternal organization of history professors.
For more information, call 203-291-4800, or visit www.westportlibrary.org .
The Westport Library is at 20 Jesup Road.
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