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Civil Rights icon to visit two area colleges next week

Pfeiffer University will honor the history of the civil rights movement in partnership with Livingstone College next week, with appearances by Carlotta Walls LaNier, a member of the Little Rock Nine, and public tours of the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels.

The Little Rock Nine was the group of African American students in Arkansas credited with integrating Central High School in 1957.

Events will include:

• Self-guided tours of the Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Stokes Student Center’s Community Room on Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus, 48380 U.S. 52 North.

The traveling exhibition is among the nation’s foremost collections of African American artifacts and history.

• An appearance by LaNier on Tuesday at Livingstone College in Salisbury. LaNier will address Livingstone students and faculty. At 3:30 p.m., the public is invited to a reception at Livingstone’s Events and Hospitality Center, where LaNier will sign copies of her book, “A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School.”

• Appearances by LaNier at Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus on Wednesday.

At 10 a.m., she will address students, staff, faculty and the community and sign books, which will be available for sale, at Henry Pfeiffer Chapel.

At 2 p.m., LaNier and Pfeiffer alumna Margaret Whitt, professor emerita of English at the University of Denver and author of “Short Stories of the Civil Rights Movement: An Anthology,” will join Michael Thompson’s Civil Rights Movement class and the community in G.A. Pfeiffer Library to discuss LaNier’s experiences and book.

For more details about the events, email Sylvia Hoffmire, assistant professor of English and director of cultural programs for Pfeiffer, at sylvia.hoffmire@pfeiffer.edu.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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