Miami University will host the 10th Annual National Civil Rights Conference in summer of 2021. Miami University was chosen to host the conference because of its sponsorship of the conference, its history of activism tied Freedom Summer, and the numerous civil rights landmarks and sites around campus. The theme for the 2021 conference is Rise, Advocate, Educate, and Cooperate: The Challenge of Change.
The conference will be held June 21-22. The deadline for submission of paper, panel, poster and artistic production proposals is April 1, 2021. Proposals should be submitted electronically and must include title of paper or panel, author (s) name and affiliation (s), 200 to 250-word abstract of the paper or panel, and contact information. Proposals may be submitted to the conference chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference updates , sponsorship information and forms, registration information and materials may be obtained by visiting the conference web site (http://civilrightsconference.com) and clicking on the appropriate link.
The National Education and Empowerment Coalition, Inc., Miami University and the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana are proud co-sponsors of the 10th Annual National Civil Rights Conference.
Dr. Keith Parker
Chair, Annual National Civil Rights Conference
Founder+ CEO, National Education and Empowerment Coalition, Inc.
Dr. Ronald B. Scott
Miami/VP. Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Honorable David Sickey
Tribal Chairman - Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
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.
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.
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.
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, 2021
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.