National Historic Landmark to retain freedom, flexibility
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, associate director for museum operations, Justin G. Reid, sat down to answer the six (6) most frequently asked questions regarding the “tarpaper shack” construction, executive director search, fundraising and proposed Longwood affiliation.
1. Is the proposed Moton-Longwood affiliation a “done deal”?
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“The eyes of the world are on us. The intelligent support we give our cause will serve as a stimulant for the cause of free people everywhere.”
Reverend L. Francis Griffin Sr. (1917-1980), pastor of First Baptist Church, Downtown Farmville
On the night of Wednesday, December 3rd, the Sharon Baptist Church Youth & Young Adult Ministry, and Adult Bible Study, staged a demonstration for “equal protection under the law” at the Prince Edward County Courthouse.
Though quickly planned, every action — the location, message, the decision to pray [VIDEO] with area law enforcement — was discussed with students, deliberate, and made, first and foremost, with long-term goals and our local community in mind.
At Moton, we teach organized, constructive citizenship, rooted in lessons learned from our local, national heroes. Every community is unique, and our organizing strategies must reflect this complexity.
From Patrick Henry to Israel Hill, Sailors Creek to the Moton Student Strike, Farmville, Virginia, is a special place. It’s where freedom grows.
We invite you to visit and join us.
Dr. Patricia Sullivan to deliver second annual Moss Lecture October 23rd, 7:30pm
Join the Moton Museum Thursday, October 23rd, at 7:30pm in Longwood’s Wygal Hall for the second annual Dr. C.G. Gordon Moss Lecture.
Dr. Patricia Sullivan, professor of history at the University of South Carolina and author of Lift Every Voice: The NAACP & the Making of the Civil Rights Movement, will deliver this year’s lecture entitled, “From Prince Edward County to Bedford-Stuyvesant: Robert Kennedy’s Civil Rights Journey.”
In 1964 Kennedy visited Farmville to review the Prince Edward Free Schools, the one-year, privately-funded, integrated school system he co-founded to provide education for local students. The Griffin v. Prince Edward case, decided just weeks after his visit, forced the county to reopen public schools after five years of being closed.
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Moton to host ‘Civil Rights in Children’s Literature’ event Friday night at 7:30
Teri Kanefield, author of ESSENCE Magazine’s favorite children’s book of 2014, ‘Girl From The Tar Paper School,’ will join 1951 Moton student striker Edwilda Allen, as well as authors Gigi Amateau, Meg Medina, and National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine, for a panel and book-signing event entitled Civil Rights in Children’s Literature: An Ongoing Story.
This Friday night Moton event is part of the inaugural Virginia Children’s Book Festival, which begins at 8am Friday at Longwood University and ends at 4pm Saturday. Book lovers of all ages are invited to attend.