Learn About Civil Rights in Mid-20th Century Cincinnati

Please join students from Xavier University’s “Cincinnati and the Civil Rights Era” class at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House on December 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., as they present their projects on riots, freeways, women, neighborhoods and the politics of respectability.

The event is free to the general public but seating is very limited. Please call 513-751-0651 to reserve your space.

Ann Senefeld, majoring in Liberal Arts, explores the neighborhoods from where activists in the 1950s-1970s came and what it was about their upbringing in these neighborhoods that inspired them to become involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

Kelsey Witzgall, a senior History and French major, focuses on the roles of two Cincinnati women influential in the Civil Rights Movement, Marian Spencer and Betty Daniels Rosemond.

Jennifer Bakes is a senior in Xavier University’s Scholars program majoring in History and English. Her presentation examines the “politics of respectability” in the Civil Rights Movement: how did Civil Rights activists’ self-presentation communicate their dignity and status?

Kelly Schmidt is a senior community- Engaged Fellow with a double major in Honors Bachelor of Arts and History. Her digital presentation, the “The Cincinnati Race Riots of 1967 and 1968” describes the 1967 and 1968 race riots in Avondale and explores their causes and consequences.

Chuma Nnawulezi, is a junior Philosophy Politics and the Public major from Omaha Nebraska who has been researching urban development projects in Cincinnati, specifically the highway system. His video, “Cincinnati’s Freeway Fighters,” investigates the process of freeway construction and the consequences of highway placement for urban neighborhoods.