Commemorate the sesquicentennial of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with a major speaker event and public forum. Featured speaker, Dr. Shirley A. Jefferson is Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity, Title IX Coordinator and Associate Professor at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont. As a young girl Jefferson met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama and, at the age of 17, she integrated her high school in Selma.
Dr. Jefferson will take the pulse of equality in the United States by examining one of the most critical issues of our time—the struggle to ensure and protect equal rights for all persons in the United States. Dr. Jefferson’s speech will be followed by a discussion panel consisting of elected officials and representatives of organizations active in the fields of civil rights and social justice — engaging the audience in a far-ranging discussion about the current state of our Constitution’s promise of equal rights and protections for all.
Supported by Byrne Foundation, Woodbury Foundation, Mascoma Savings Bank, Dead River Co., Vermont Humanities Council