50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Struggle to be Celebrated in Atlanta Oct 1-4

All are welcome to register for the entire conference or at the daily rate at www.sclcscope50th.orgSCOPE button Daily rate includes Friday night banquet and Saturday evening reception at the King Memorial Site.

You want to be in that number for this upbeat, feel-good, reflective gathering. Register today! 100 grassroots voting rights Freedom Fighters – aged 69-90, their families, and local leaders are already registered. If you can’t attend, please click on the donate button at the registration site to help support others. Thank you!

Southern Christian Leadership (SCLC) Summer Conference on Community Organizing and Political Education (SCOPE)
50th Anniversary Reunion
Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
October 1-4, 2015

Learn more about SCOPE SCLC History: http://www.crmvet.org/docs/scopdocs.htm 

Read personal accounts from the Voting Rights Summer of 1965: www.thisbrightlightofours.com 

SCLC SCOPE 50th Anniversary Reunion Program    http://wp.me/pO2S8-o9

Thursday, October 1, 2015

4:00-6:00 p.m. Registration
Ballroom foyer

6:00-8:00 p.m. Opening Reception
Ballroom – separate registration for Reception Only online $35 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/50th-anniversary-reunion-sclc-scope-tickets-16069341834. For full conference registrants, all events are included.

Welcome: John Reynolds, Reunion Planning Committee Chair
Bernard Lafayette, SCLC Board Chairman

Refreshments and No-Host Bar
Reconnecting with old friends
Singing of freedom songs
Ending the evening with a friendship circle

Friday, October 2, 2015

9:00-9:30 a.m. Registration
Ballroom foyer

Continental breakfast

9:30-10:30 a.m. Introduction of Committee and Veterans Roll Call

10:30-11:00 a.m. Keynote Address: “Status of Voting Rights Then and Now” Bernard Lafayette and John Reynolds

11:00-12:30 p.m. Workshops: Sharing our Stories

Groups of 5-8 will meet to share their stories, experiences,
and how their Freedom Movement work affected their lives.
Each group will be audio taped for future history.

12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch “on your own” (The hotel restaurant will have a buffet in addition to its regular menu.) There will be an opportunity for an optional peer-led roundtable discussion for those interested.

Maria Gitin will lead a roundtable “Writing Your Civil Rights Memoir” with civil rights veteran, author and editor Constance Curry

2:00-4:00 p.m. Workshops
Ballroom and Breakout Rooms

Groups of 5-8 will meet to discuss/assess the following topics from the perspective of 50 years. Each group will be audio taped for future history.

• Looking Back, Looking Forward: Evaluating our Work in the Movement – Facilitated discussion with Bruce Hartford

• Women in the Movement – Facilitated by Lula Joe Williams.
With Panel: Barbara Williams Emerson, Gwen Green

• How SCOPE Helped Change the Political Landscape in the South – Facilitated by Willie Bolden.

• Nonviolence: How Can It Be Used Today?
Panel: Bernard Lafayette and Diane Nash

4:00-6:00 p.m. Exhibits, Book Signing and Free Time

7:00-10:00 p.m. Hosea L. Williams Tribute Banquet

Tribute video
Dinner (with cash bar)
Remembrances of Hosea Williams by Gwen Green and JT Johnson
Music by members of The Freedom Singers
Close with friendship circle

Saturday October 3, 2015

9:00-9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:30-11:00 a.m. SCLC Leadership Panel – Moderated by John Reynolds
Panel: Willie Bolden, Lula Joe Williams and others

11:00-12:00 p.m. SCOPE Legacy Panel
Maria Gitin, Bruce Hartford, J. T. Johnson, Jo Freeman

12:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch “on your own”
Exhibits and Book Signing

1:00-2:00 p.m. “Martin Luther King and the Spirit of the 60’s”
Multi-media presentation by Lanny Kaufer (Location TBD)

2:00-3:30 p.m. Workshops: Challenges and Successes in SCLC and SCOPE
Ballroom and Breakout Rooms

Groups will discuss the grassroots challenges and successes in SCLC-SCOPE projects and campaigns. Each group will be audio taped for future history.

3:30-4:00 p.m. Groups to reconvene and report to the larger body

4:00-5:00 p.m. Remembrance of those who have passed
A Wall of Remembrance will be displayed throughout the Reunion.

Close with friendship circle

6:00-7:30 p.m. Reception at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National
Historical Site, Atlanta

Sunday October 4

9:00 a.m. Breakfast “on your own”

9:45-11:15 a.m. Mass Meeting and Non-denominational service
Ballroom led Rev. John Reynolds and local clergy

12:00 p.m. Lunch “on your own”

1:00-4:00 p.m. Tour of significant Civil Rights Movement sites

Those registered will be picked up at the hotel and returned
at the completion of the tour. The cost will be approximately
$40 per person.

At the conclusion of the program on Sunday, several participants will return to the counties where they worked during the SCOPE project fifty years ago. Groups are going to Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

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