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Civil Rights at Ripon in the 1960s and Today
October 23, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Two alums who were here on campus during the civil rights movement in the 1960s — Gary Yerkey (’66) and David Schwarz (’65) — both Philosophy majors –will make a joint presentation on what involvement students at the college had in the civil rights marches. Yerkey went to Selma in 1965 with college chaplain Rev. Jerry Thompson and several Ripon students, and Schwarz was president of the student senate that allocated the money for several students to go on the Selma march. They will also reflect on the progress the struggle for civil rights has made since the 1960s and the unfinished agenda that still remains.
Yerkyey is a journalist in Washington, DC, and has published a book on college students and the civil rights movement in the 1960s, entitled: “South to Selma.”
Schwarz worked for many years for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is now retired.
The event is sponsored by the Center for Politics and the People.