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Maria Gitin to Shine "Bright Light" on Civil Rights


Penngrove native and civil rights activist Maria Gitin is visiting campus next Tuesday, April 21, for a talk on her latest book, "This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight" as part of the American Multicultural Studies Department's Africana Lecture Series. Gitin, a white woman who joined the voting rights fight after witnessing the beating of voting rights activists during Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965, will read from her book and talk about her experiences during the Freedom Summer of 1965, as well as share interviews with Black activists from that era. Civil rights figures have praised Gitin's book for it's detailed account of that period of the civil rights movement: "Gitin provides one of the most nuanced treatments of white involvement in the movement that I have read," said Hasan Kwame Jeffries, author of "Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt." Gitin's talk is from noon to 12:50 on April 21 in room 3001 of the Schulz Information Center. The event will include reading, discussion and a book signing.