Speaker lectures on MLK
News · January 10, 2014

To celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday, Shelton Stromquist, emeritus professor of history at the University of Iowa will present the lecture, “Remembering Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement: Birmingham, ‘Freedom Summer’ and the Selma Struggle.”

This talk will be held in the Figge Auditorium at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum Jan. 20 at 2 p.m.

Prior to his academic work as a social and labor historian, Stromquist was active in the civil rights movement from 1964-66. He participated in the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964.

That was organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee where he helped with the organization of the Freedom Democratic Party in Vicksburg and Warren County.

In 1965, he participated in one phase of the Selma march for voting rights. After American civil rights figure James Meredith was shot during his march through Mississippi in June of 1966, Stromquist joined with others to continue the march.

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