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Due to the ongoing concerns about Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), and the impact from travel restrictions and need for physical distancing, the 10th National Civil Rights Conference (NCRC) that was scheduled to take place at Miami University on June 21-23, 2020, in Oxford, Ohio has been cancelled. 

Miami University remains committed to the NCRC and plans to host the rescheduled conference on campus next year, June 20-23, 2021. Thank you for your interest and support. Please remain safe and well.

Dr. Keith Parker

Chair, National Civil Rights Conference

Dr. Ronald B. Scott

Miami/VP. Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Welcome to the 10th Annual Conference

Miami President Gregory P. Crawford

Welcome to Miami University! We are thrilled to welcome the National Civil Rights Conference to Miami University and Oxford, Ohio. Here, you will discover our rich history – including Freedom Summer training on the campus of Western College in 1964, at a location which is now an honored and revered part of Miami’s campus. 

At Miami we are humbled and inspired by the compassionate and selfless legacy of those who sacrificed so much in 1964.  Together, we can follow their lead to continue to advance social justice and voting rights, creating a more inclusive society for all Americans.

As we say at Miami – Love & Honor. 

Greg Crawford 


Miami University


Jerry Mitchell and the cover of his book, "Race Against Time."

JERRY MITCHELL - Monday, June 22

Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell will be Monday's lunch speaker.

Mitchell's stories have helped put four Klansmen and a serial killer behind bars. His stories have also exposed injustices and corruption, prompting investigations, state reforms, and the firings of boards and officials.


Mitchell is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a longtime member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, and a winner of more than 30 other national awards, including a $500,000 MacArthur “genius” grant. His memoir for Simon & Schuster, Race Against Time, tells the story of his pursuit of unsolved murder cases from the Civil Rights Era, leading to convictions in some of the nation’s most notorious murders. 

After working for three decades for the statewide Clarion-Ledger, he left in 2019 and founded the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit that exposes corruption and injustices, investigates cold cases, empowers citizens and raises up the next generation of investigative reporters.

Joe Madison

JOE MADISON - Tuesday, June 23

Civil rights champion and radio talk show host Joe Madison will deliver Tuesday's keynote address.

“The Joe Madison Show,” which airs weekday mornings on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel 126, calls attention to social injustice around the world, including human rights abuses in southern Sudan.

In 2015, Madison made history by broadcasting live from Cuba, the first American radio host to do so in more than 50 years. That same year he set a Guinness World Record for the longest on-air broadcast, 52 hours, which raised more than $250,000 for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Having spent a lifetime advocating for the right to vote, Madison will also receive the Freedom Summer of '64 Award on June 23.

Read more about Joe Madison and his advocacy of voter rights.


Submit your papers, panel sessions, workshops, or artistic productions  on any aspect of human and civil rights. Priority will be given to submissions directly related to the conference theme.

Must include: Title, Author Name, Affiliation, 200-250 word abstract, and contact information.

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Conference Information





Registration begins in March 2020.

Full conference registration includes admission to all sessions, exhibit hall access, and lunch on Monday and Tuesday.





Accommodations will be provided by three local hotels. Room block and special group pricing is available.





In addition to the two-day conference activities, a pre-conference program will be held on Sunday at the  Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Mississippi.​​

Contact Us

National Civil Rights Conference

3282 Salinger Way, Tallahassee, FL 32311, US

(706) 614-8593