USC’s The 2017 Witten Lecture

A screening of The Travelstead Room
FREE and open to the public

When: Friday, April 7, 2017 at 3:00-4:15pm
Where: Room 126, Wardlaw Hall with reception afterwards in the Museum of Education’s exhibition area.

The Museum will screen a 30 minute documentary, “The Travelstead Room: A Space to Honor, A Place to Engage.” This video, through comments by faculty, staff, students, and visiting scholars, examines the importance of memorializations at colleges and universities and the significance of designing spaces that encourage teachers and students to address and to confront issues of civil rights and social justice.

Immediately following the documentary video, the Travelstead Award for Courage in Education will be presented to Dr. Millicent E. Brown. Dr. Millicent Ellison Brown, activist-historian currently living in Charleston, is professor emeriti from Claflin University. In 1963, she became the lead plaintiff in a NAACP-sponsored lawsuit to desegregate the Charleston public schools where she would become one of the “first children” to desegregate public schools in our state. Recognizing that many “first children” who desegregated schools during the 1960s had been overlooked, Dr. Brown in 2006 initiated “Somebody Had To Do It,” a collaborative, multi-institutional project to identify and collect oral histories from individuals who were the first black students to integrate all-white schools during the twentieth century civil rights movement.