Civil Rights Events

In addition to the presentation of its Annual W. E. B. DuBois Distinguished Lecture Series, the Department periodically sponsors special programs that address recurring issues or themes having relevance to the Department or the global African Diaspora. Briefly described below are two such programs which the Department helped sponsor during the past decade.



On October 14, 2004 at 6:30 p.m., the Department hosted a program celebrating the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, considered by many to be the most important piece of civil rights legislation in the nation’s history.

Featured panelists sharing their reminiscences of the signing of the Bill included:

  • Michael Mitchell, Former MD State Senator and son of Clarence Mitchell, Jr., a Baltimorean who helped influence the crafting and passage of this milestone legislation
  • A. Dwight Petit, Civil Rights Attorney and Regent for the University System of Maryland
  • Woody Grant, Chief of Quality Assurance and Compliance for the MD Department of Education
  • Alice Brailey-Torriente, Educator & Daughter of the Late MD State Senator, Troy Brailey, Kenneth L. Johnson, Retired Circuit Court Judge, and Hearing Examiner for the MD Community Relations Commission
  • Tyson King-Meadows, Assistant Professor, UMBC Political Science Department, who also served as moderator for the program
  • Other sponsors of the program included: the Baltimore Community Relations Commission, the Coalition Opposed to Violence and Extremism (COVE), The Great Blacks In Wax Museum, MD Chapter of the National Association of Human Rights Workers and the U. S. Department of Justice-Community Relations Service