‘Equality Matters’ Symposium at WWU includes national speakers, performers

Danielle McGuire
Danielle McGuire

Danielle McGuire, author of “At the Dark End of the Street – Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power,” will be the keynote speaker for William Woods University’s upcoming symposium, “Equality Matters: Conversations on Gender and Race”

She will give her speech, “To Gain Title to Our Bodies”: Black Women, Rape and Resistance—a New History of the Civil Rights Movement,” at 7 p.m. March 1 in Dulany Auditorium.

McGuire is an award-winning author and associate professor in the history department at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She is the recipient of the 2011 Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the 2011 Lillian Smith Award.

Mary Mosley
Mary Mosley

William Woods University is hosting the week-long symposium in an effort to start an intellectual conversation about sexism, racism, and social and political equality. The symposium, to be held on campus Feb. 29 to March 4, is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Mary Mosley, associate professor of Spanish. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Programs planned as part of the symposium include:

Theo Peoples, Grammy award winning Motown musician and former member of the Temptations and the Four Tops, will perform from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 2 in Dulany Auditorium.

Theo Peoples
Theo Peoples

During his six-year tenure with the Temptations, he recorded two albums, “For Lover’s Only,” and platinum Grammy-winning album, “Phoenix Rising.” He seized the spotlight with a flawless performance of the classic, “Night and Day” (which is also on the soundtrack of the hit movie, “What Women Want,” starring Mel Gibson, and Helen Hunt). He stood up and delivered on the hit single “Stay,” as well as, penned the devotional composition, “This Is My Promise.”

Having made his national debut as a Temptation, earning the reputation as “The Voice,” Peoples was called on by yet another legendary group, the Four Tops, and spent 12-plus years touring with that group. He has shared the stage and the studio with legends, holding his own, with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Bill Medley, Martha Reeves and The Pointer Sisters, just to name a few.

Amy Hunter
Amy Hunter

“Lessons from Ferguson,” will be presented by Amy Hunter, director of racial justice for YWCA Metro St. Louis, at 7 p.m.March 3 in Dulany Auditorium. In her position, Hunter is responsible for ensuring that eliminating racism, part of the YWCA’s two-prong mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, is incorporated in all of the organization’s internal and external programming.

Since the recent tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, she has been seen on CNN, ABC, NBC, PBS, interviewed by NPR and a host of print media publications.  She has published works and is a presenter on issues of race and social justice throughout the United States and Canada. Hunter is a native St. Louisian and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Justice from the University of Missouri St. Louis.

Stephanie Wells
Stephanie Wells

The symposium begins at noon Feb. 29 with Dr. Stephanie Wells, associate professor of English, discussing “Girls Don’t Count,” the themes in her as-yet-unpublished novels based on actual events depicting the need for the women’s movement in rural Missouri, particularly the Ozarks. She will speak in the Ivy Room on the lower level of Tucker Dining Hall.

MV5BMTQ3MTkxMjY2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDA4MjA0NDE@._V1__SX1617_SY853_ At 6:30 that evening, “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary film about alleged incidents of rape on college campuses in the United States, will be shown in Dulany Auditorium, followed by a discussion facilitated by Mathew Huffman of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Events on March 2 include:

9 a.m.: discussion with Dr. McGuire at the Owls Nest in the McNutt Campus Center.

Stephen Hageman
Stephen Hageman

Noon-1 p.m.: Steve Hageman, Washburn University history lecturer and former William Woods instructor, presents “From Jackie to Black Lives Matter: Civil Rights, Race and Sports in America” in the Ivy Room.

4-5 p.m.: “Difficult Dialogues,” a program of the University of Missouri designed to empower students to express opposing views respectfully and in the spirit of open-mindedness, takes place in Dulany Auditorium.

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Theo Peoples performs in Dulany Auditorium.

Events on March 3 include:

Karina Galve
Karina Galve,

4-5 p.m.: “Stories Along the Way,” a panel discussion in Dulany Auditorium featuring advocates for equality who will discuss social change made during their lifetimes—Steve Calloway, president of the Minority Men’s Network; Karina Galve, a Fulbright Scholar and Spanish teacher; and Mary Mosley from the National Organization for Women.

5:30 p.m.: opening reception for Equality Matters art exhibit in the Mildred Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts

7 p.m.: “Lessons from Ferguson,” a talk by Amy Hunter, in Dulany Auditorium.

On March 4, a play, “In His Service,” by CA Neilson will be performed from 6 to 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 6 East 7th St. The play is a fictionalized account of the Celia trial held in Callaway County in 1855. Donations may be made to the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) in lieu of an entry fee. A reception with the playwright, who is the former owner of Romancing the Past Bed and Breakfast in Fulton, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Playhouse Bistro, 613 Court St.

The keynote speaker, McGuire, wrote her dissertation on sexualized racial violence and the African American freedom struggle. For it, she received the 2008 Lerner Scott Prize for best dissertation in women’s history.

Her essay, “It was Like We Were All Raped: Sexualized Violence, Community Mobilization and the African American Freedom Struggle,” published in the Journal of American History won the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for best essay in southern women’s history and was reprinted in the Best Essays in American History 2006.

McGuire is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has appeared on National Public Radio, BookTV (CSPAN), CNN, MSNBC.com and dozens of local radio stations throughout the United States and Canada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of American History, on the Huffington Post, TheGrio.com and TheRoot.com.