Guest Speakers will engage attendees of this virtual event with short presentations on their areas of expertise, including Madam C. J. Walker and the motivations for family migration; the life and times of Indiana traveling blues musicians, and tracing personal history within the geography of the civil rights movement.
The Guest Speakers at this event are A’Lelia Bundles, Bruce Conforth and Deborah Douglas.
A’Lelia Bundles is an Emmy award-winning producer, journalist, activist, and author of the Letitia Woods Brown Book prize-winning biography On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker. Walker, Bundle’s great-great-grandmother was an Indianapolis entrepreneur and America’s first African American Woman Millionaire.
Bruce Conforth is a musician and emeritus professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan. Founding curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, he is co-author of the award-winning definitive biography Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson.
Deborah Douglas is a storyteller, journalist, and award-winning Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw, founding managing editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, and author of the newly released U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places and Events That Made the Movement.
Author presentations will take place between 4:00 and 5:30 and a discussion moderated by Emmitt Riley, III, Associate Professor and Director of Africana Studies, will take place from 5:40 to 6:30. Vanessa Dickerson, Professor Emerita of English, will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies.
The author presentations and moderated discussion will take place here: https://depauw-edu.zoom.us/s/97850257110
For further information, please contact Dr. Tamara Stasik, Symposium Project Director 812-320-0671, Tamarastasik@depauw.edu
This program received support from an Indiana Humanities INcommon Grant.