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About Last Thursday | July 2017

By Julian Rankin, Director of Art & Public Exchange

A conversational debrief of our monthly Museum After Hours community events, held every Third Thursday.

Event date: July 20, 2017

Theme: “Uncommon Spirit”

Who is Dorie Ladner?

I asked myself this question about a year ago, when I first heard the name mentioned. Ladner, born in Hattiesburg, is an immensely significant – if lesser-known – veteran of the Civil-Rights-‘60s in Mississippi. She attended Jackson State University and Tougaloo College, at a time when both campus communities buzzed with student resistance. This youthful energy was supported by SNCC and cultivated by established leaders like Medgar Evers who reached out and listened to young activists. Ladner responded. She protested the arrests of the Tougaloo Nine who attempted to desegregate the public library, for which she was expelled from Jackson State. At Tougaloo, she deepened her relationship to the movement and worked alongside Bob Moses and Fannie Lou Hamer in communities...

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Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017 by MMA