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50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Virginia Tech is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a series of monthly events beginning in January 2014. Events are free and open to the public.


Upcoming Events:

Everyone Matters 

April 2,  4:30-7 p.m.

Featuring: Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor

Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students and community members are invited to attend a celebration on April 2 in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The “Everyone Matters” event will be held at The Holtzman Alumni Center, in the assembly hall and gallery, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The program will include remarks by University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni and a short film by Louie Schwartzberg titled, “Gratitude,” which will be followed by a candlelight ceremony and reception. The event is free and open to the public. The registration deadline is March 31, 2014. Seating is limited to 130.

The event is the final in a series of events that have been held on campus to commemorate the anniversary of the historical act.

Individuals with a disability who desire an accommodation should contact Sandra Ratliff at 540-231-9751 or during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Location: Assembly Hall and Gallery Holtzman Alumni Center, The Inn at Virginia Tech.


Past Events:

Fifty Years of Civil Rights in America - January 14,   1:30-3 p.m.

The 11th annual Advancing Diversity Workshop included a panel discussion of the impact and future of the Civil Rights Movement through the perspectives of employment, higher education, and community organizing.

Event Gallery

Can One Person Change the World? - February 3, 6 p.m.
A Conversation with Ask Big Questions
Ask Big Questions is an organization that brings diverse people together for conversations that help people better understand themselves and others.
Reading Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God as Gender History Speaker and Reception - February 27, 11-12:30 p.m.

Nwando Achebe, History professor at Michigan State University, founding editor of the Journal of West African History, and author, discussed her late father’s work, which was published the same year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed.

Lived Experiences During Campus Integration - March 21, 12-1 p.m.

This discussion is part of the Department of Human Resources’ lunchtime webinar series, “Our VT: Building Community at Virginia Tech”. Participants can log into the webinar or attend in-person. Registration will be required.


    Civil Rights

50 Years of Civil Rights (PDF | 465KB)


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Sponsored by:

This series of events is being sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Human Resources’ Office of Equity and Access except as otherwise noted.

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