Monday, March 25, 2013

GHC Celebrates Women’s History Month: Panel examines Civil Rights in 1960s' Rome

Media release:


WHO:             Lavada Dillard and Linda Cason-Harbert, participants in the 1963 Broad Street sit-in; Marisue Harrison-Brown, one of first students to integrate a college (Berry) in Rome in 1964; Laura Caldwell Anderson, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute archivist, who is also a Rome native and has written extensively about Rome-area civil rights activities; Scott Akemon, GHC political scientist. 


WHAT:           Panel discussion to celebrate Women's History Month, including the topic of Rose Esserman Levin's manuscript about her efforts and those of other prominent Romans to aid in the Civil Rights cause and to prevent violence during that tumultuous time.  Rose Esserman Levin was part of the Esserman family who owned Esserman's Department Store on Broad Street.  Esserman's was one of the premiere retailers in Rome during the 1960s and '70s. 


WHEN:          Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 11:30 a.m.



WHERE:        Gallery, Lakeview Building, Floyd campus, Georgia Highlands College,

                        3175 Cedartown Hwy., Rome       



Description: The panel will feature two of the participants in the 1963 Rome sit-ins on Broad Street.  Anderson will also discuss the role of Levin and other prominent Romans in the effort to achieve justice while keeping the peace. Akemon will discuss the link between women's history and civil rights.

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