Half a century has passed since the U.S. Congress passed a landmark law to prohibit discrimination against racial, ethnic, national, and religious minorities, and women. The Civil Rights act of 1964 was a landmark achievement for those involved in the struggle for equality in America, and we owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave individuals who fought for its passage. Fifty years later, it’s easy for the younger generations to take certain rights for granted, and so a gentle reminder is occasionally required to keep us honest and aware. In Charleston County, for example, William (“Bill”) Saunders has spent a lifetime campaigning for civil rights. Whether working to promote educational opportunities on the sea island, or fighting the rights of hospital workers in downtown Charleston, Mr. Saunders has been a major figure in keeping the struggle alive and current. In commemoration of Black History Month, you’re invited to join CCPL’s historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a conversation with civil rights veteran and Lowcountry legend, Bill Saunders, about how far our community has come since the ratification of the 1964 law. It’s free and open to public, so please feel free to share the PDF flyer below!
Bill Saunders Flyer (click for PDF file)
Time: Wednesday, February 16th 2014 at 6 p.m.
Place: Charleston County Public Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401.
For more information, please contact Dr. Nic Butler at butlern[at]ccpl.org or 843–805–6968.