Anna Arnold Hedgeman was the only woman on the organizing committee for the 1963 March on Washington, a founding member of National Organization for Women, and a key influence on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite her outsize influence, this pioneering civil rights figure has not always received much historical attention -- even here in Minnesota, where she grew up and was Hamline University’s first African-American graduate. Join us to explore Hedgeman’s remarkable life and hear from contemporary women leaders who carry on her legacy in gender and racial justice activism, faith-based organizing, and institutional policy change today.
- Professor Jennifer Scanlon, Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Bowdoin College, and author of "Until There Is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman"
- Reverend Stacey L. Smith, Pastor and Presiding Elder, St. James A.M.E Church
- Kandace Montgomery, Co-Director, Black Visions
- Erin Maye Quade, Advocacy Director, Gender Justice
Moderated by Professor Christina Ewig, faculty director, Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy.