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W.Va. writer and lecturer to speak on Civil Rights Movement at banquet

Apr. 21, 2013 @ 11:11 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Joan C. Browning, a freelance writer and lecturer living in Lewisburg, W.Va., will speak on the Civil Rights Movement at the 21st annual Carter G. Woodson Memorial Foundation fundraising banquet Saturday, April 27.

The banquet begins at 6 p.m. in Room BE5 on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center at Marshall University. Proceeds will help fund a scholarship endowment to support Marshall students, as well as the purchase of materials on black culture and history.

Browning participated in the Paine College Steering Committee demonstrations in Augusta, Ga., in April 1961, and with the Atlanta Student Movement sit-ins in Atlanta in 1961-63, and was one of nine Albany Freedom Riders on the last freedom ride.

She writes about her experiences in the 1960s freedom movement, and about African American history. She has been a guest lecturer at more than 75 colleges and universities, presented scholarly papers at a dozen historical conferences, and team-taught, with Dr. David Trowbridge, two classes in civil rights movement history at Marshall University.

Music for the banquet will be provided by Charles Johnson. Tickets for the event are available for a donation of $30. Corporate tables also are available. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Newatha Myers, foundation president, at 740-894-5772; Loretta Hagler, banquet chairwoman, at 304-525-5651; or Rebecca Glass, banquet chairwoman, at 304-633-0996

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