The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Department of History and Geography proudly announces "Fifty Years Later: Commemorating the Desegregation of Southwestern Louisiana Institute," a two-day symposium combining academic involvement with community outreach. The enrollment of eighty African-Americans at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (today’s UL Lafayette) in September 1954 marked the earliest large-scale desegregation of a public institution of higher education in the Deep South.
Topics for discussion include: “Effects of the Civil Rights Era on Higher Education,” “SLI During the Era of Integration,” “Religion, Politics, and the Law During the Era of Integration,” “Louisiana and the Civil Rights Revolution,” and “Reflections and Remembrances of the Civil Rights Movement in Lafayette.”
The symposium is free and open to the public. It is funded in part by a Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Outreach Grant.
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