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Organizing Lowndes County, Alabama: Then and Now

Home to the Black-led independent political party that first adopted a snarling black panther as its symbol, Lowndes County, Alabama, has long been a stronghold for organizing around Black political and economic rights.

In this roundtable discussion, Civil Rights Movement veterans Jennifer Lawson and Courtland Cox will be joined by Catherine Flowers, Lowndes-native and founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise (ACRE). They will speak about their experiences organizing in Lowndes County past and present, from building the Lowndes County Freedom Party in the late 1960s to fighting for access to clean water and sewage disposal today.

You can learn more about the Lowndes County Freedom Party (LCFP) here.

There will also be a student lunch with the speakers the next day on April 11th at 12pm. Spaces limited. To RSVP, please email Emily Stewart at emily.stewart@duke.edu.

Sponsored by the Duke University Libraries, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI.


April 10, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (C105)
114 S. Buchanan Blvd.
Durham, NC 27708 United States
919 668 1911