Film screening and panel discussion to focus on influence of anti-lynching crusader and journalist Ida B. Wells

Film screening and panel discussion to focus on influence of anti-lynching crusader and journalist Ida B. Wells

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"Ida B. Wells, Lynching and Trayvon Martin,” a film screening and panel discussion, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Camden County College Technology Center, 601 Cooper St., Camden.

Who was Ida B. Wells? Why do we know so little about her work as a civil rights pioneer and an anti-lynching crusader?  And, is the Trayvon Martin case an example of modern-day lynching by members of the media? 

Those questions—and many others—will be explored during “Ida B. Wells, Lynching and Trayvon Martin,” a film screening and panel discussion, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Camden County College Technology Center, 601 Cooper St., Camden.

Prominent scholars, journalists and civic leaders will serve on the panel, which will honor the 150th birthday of Wells. One of the least known— but most important—Civil Rights leaders, Wells was an activist, educator, journalist and suffragette who pioneered against the horror of lynching in the early 20th century. Her stance often put her at odds with other leaders, including Susan B. Anthony, W.E.B. Dubois and others.

Panelists will include:

-       Rowan University Sociology Professor Sandra J. Jones, whose research includes race/ethnic relations and social movement theory;

-       Professor Katrina Hazzard, director of the Africana Studies program at Rutgers-Camden;

-       Rutgers-Camden history professor Wayne Glaser, author of the book Black Students in the Ivory Tower;

-       Stephanie Renee, host of “The Mid-Morning Mojo” on radio station WURD (900 AM);

-       Temple University Journalism Professor Linn Washington, co-director of the University’s Multi-Media Urban Reporting Lab;

-       Spoken word artist Nina “Lyrispect” Ball;

-       Donovan “Don Bleek” Moore, a prominent blogger, music journalist and newspaper contributor, and

-        Linda Shockley, deputy director of the Dow Jones News fund and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Moonstone Arts Center and, at Rowan University, the departments of Philosophy and Religion Studies, English and history, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, and Rowan at Camden.

For information, contact Robert Miller, program coordinator, 1828.1@earthlink.net or 856-964-3513. 

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