Bancroft Library Roundtable: Is the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1960s Still Relevant Today?

Lecture | September 21 | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room

 Carol Ruth Silver, Speaker, Author, Consultant, and Retired Attorney

 Bancroft Library

In 1961, activist Carol Ruth Silver, arrested for being a Freedom Rider, secretly documented her experiences on scraps of paper while in a Mississippi jail. She turned these scraps into a manuscript, Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison, which was published in 2014--more than fifty years later--by the University Press of Mississippi. Ms. Silver built a legal career and became a San Francisco supervisor. Her manuscript collection and book are now housed in The Bancroft Library. She will share her civil-rights-era experiences and address whether the movement, with its emphasis on non-violence, continues to have relevance today.