As part of the “Music Moved the Movement: Civil Rights and the Blues” project, the National Blues Museum is hosting “A Conversation with Reena Evers-Everette and David (Dave) Dennis Sr.: Inside the Civil Rights Movement.” Dennis is the CEO and director of the Southern Initiative of The Algebra Project, a nonprofit organization that uses mathematics as an organizing tool to ensure quality public school education for every child in America. In 1961, he was a participant in the first Freedom Ride from Montgomery, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi. In 1964, he helped organize Freedom Summer and worked closely with Medgar Evers and Bob Moses to organize and establish many of the civil rights organizations in the American South during the 1960s, including the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Reena Evers-Everette is the executive director of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, based in Jackson, Mississippi. In addition to being the daughter of civil rights leaders, Medgar and Myrlie Evers, Reena serves as an educator in her own right.
Washington University Libraries’ was able to provide primary source footage of both David (Dave) Dennis, Sr. and Myrlie Evers from the landmark series Eyes on the Prize for this event. Thanks to the recently completed Eyes on the Prize Digitization and Reassembly Project, funded by an NHPRC grant, both of these powerful interviews from the Henry Hampton Collection are available in full for the first time to the public. The complete interviews from Eyes on the Prize are all available now via Washington University Libraries’ Digital Gateway. Follow the link to explore more interviews.
The event will be moderated by Jacqueline K. Dace, director of internal affairs at the National Blues Museum. Admission is free to the public. Space is limited, so please call 314-925-0016 to confirm seating.
HEC-TV and The National Blues Museum program are sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and archival resources sponsor, The Henry Hampton Collection at Washington University Libraries.