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Author to discuss civil rights ‘outlaws’

by Judy Hughes, communications and marketing last modified Mar 26, 2014 08:12 AM

Author and African American studies scholar Akinyele Umoja will speak at the University of Louisville April 2 about armed resistance during the U.S. civil rights movement.

His free, public talk, “The Movement’s Outlaws: When the Civil Rights Movement Stood Up,” will begin at 3 p.m. in Room 139, Shumaker Research Building, on the Belknap Campus.

 Umoja, chair of Georgia State University’s African American studies department, will share research from his book “We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement.” He will sign book copies after his UofL talk.

 The Project Progress event, offered as part of the Pan-African studies department’s 40th anniversary celebration, was postponed from Feb. 5 because of weather. The five-year Project Progress initiative focuses on activities and the aftermath of the 1960s U.S. civil rights movement.

 For more information, contact W.S. Tkweme at 502-852-5985 or or Ricky Jones at 502-852-0027 or

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