Panel to address civil rights then, now

College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library

The College of Charleston’s African-American Studies Program is hosting a free public conversation titled “Remembering the Civil Rights Movement and Discussing the Right to Vote and Access to Quality Education, 50 years after Freedom Summer,” to be held 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Addlestone Library, room 227. The library is located at 125 Calhoun St.

The event features Freedom Summer participants, civil rights activists and historians who will form a panel to discuss events of the last 50 years. Panelists include Dave Dennis, a field secretary for CORE and co-director of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), established to help coordinate the 1964 summer voting registration effort in Mississippi; Mark Levy, a project coordinator in Mississippi in 1964 and 1965; William Sturkey, a historian with a research focus on race in the American South; and Benjamin Hedin, a writer and editor, and author of “In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now,” to be published next month by City Lights Books.