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 NSU To Host Roundtable on 1964 Civil Rights Act

1619.jpg(NSU NEWSROOM--March 29, 2014)--Norfolk State University’s Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center will hold a public forum on April 17 where legal experts and scholars will discuss early American history and how it led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The panel discussion, “Constructing Citizenship from 1619 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” will examine the 50-year-old law and how it has been broadened to include the recent debates about individual civil liberties. The event is a part of the University’s “1619: The Making of America” project and will be filmed and broadcast on Cox Channel 11. The event is being sponsored by Cox Communications and the College of Liberal Arts at NSU.

The featured speakers will include radio personality Barbara Hamm Lee, who will moderate the panel, Southern University Law Center Vice Chancellor John Pierre, Campbell University Law Professor Amos Jones, Hampton University Professor Eric Claville and the Hon. John Charles Thomas, a retired justice of the Virginia Supreme Court. The event will be held in Brown Hall’s Little Theater at 7 p.m.

Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, an NSU history professor who is the lead organizer for the event, said the intent of the roundtable is to highlight the connection of the birth of the first limited representative government, which was established in Jamestown, with our understanding of citizenship and civil rights. She said the early “definition of citizenship” has evolved because originally it was not applicable to all citizens.

The professor said the panelists will explore themes as they relate to civil rights and current issues such as the role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in redressing discrimination at the workplace and the expansion of how discrimination is interpreted beyond race and ethnicity.

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is recommended. To register, go to www.1619makingofamerica.com and click Register for Scholars Roundtable. Also, for more information about the event, follow @1619america on Twitter, or visit the Facebook at facebook.com/HistoryNSU.









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