Joyce Ladner - 3/11/19

Who We Are

Who We Are

Joyce Ladner

"My Life in the Civil Rights Movement"

In 1960, civil rights activists marched for the right to eat at lunch counters and for the right to vote.  Some rights were achieved but others like the right to vote are under attack. Joyce Ladner was a foot soldier in the civil rights movement in her native Mississippi where she was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She will speak about what it was like to work with other young people to wage a fight against racial segregation in the midst of physical violence. 

Dr. Ladner will describe what it was like to grow up in the pre-civil rights South and the early influences on her and other activists that she calls the “Emmett Till Generation.” She will also share her experiences on going to jail for a week to failing the voter literacy test three times while in college. She will speak about how the civil rights movement was a springboard to other social movements for women, students, the elderly, and Native people, and Black Lives Matter. 

Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library
6:00-7:30 p.m.