Freedom Rider to Discuss Votes for Women, Votes for All, 1920-2020

Contact:Dr. Jean Stuntz, [email protected], 806-651-2409
Canyon, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Lecture Series and the Department of History will feature an original Freedom Rider who will share her story at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 22 via Zoom.
The presentation, “Voting Rights in West Virginia, by Joan Browning, Freedom Rider,”will include Browning’s experiences. She also wrote about these in the autobiographical chapter “Shiloh Witness” in the book “Deep In Our Hearts: Nine White Women In The Freedom Movement” and an article titled “Invisible Revolutionaries:  White Women in Civil Rights Movement Historiography.”
“Pulling from her experience as one of the original Freedom Riders willing to put her life on the line to help everyone achieve the right to vote, Browning will share with us just how important it is to utilize that right,” said Dr. Jean Stuntz, associate professor of history. “A small group of people can bring a great change.”
After her speech there will be a question-and-answer session where attendees will have the chance to talk with Browning directly. The link to register for the Zoom meeting is https://forms.gle/xAt7qoitJ38TvzBi6.
She is currently working on a biography of Reverend Joseph A. Rabun and editing Rodney Collins’ notes into Encyclopedia of West Virginia Architects and Architecture for West Virginia University Press.
About WTAMU’S Distinguished Lecture Series
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