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“The First, The Only, One of A Few”- A Matter of Black Lives: a talk by Gloria J. Willingham–Touré

Please join us virtually for a conversation with CGU alum and Civil Rights activist, Gloria Willingham-Touré (PhD, Education, ’96). This talk will examine a lifetime spent in the struggle for Civil Rights and place this historical effort in the context of the current Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and across the world. The discussion will be conducted in front of an international audience of students, scholars, and the public on both sides of the Atlantic to place our current historical reckoning in a global context. Q&A will follow the talk.

This event is part of a series co-hosted by CGU and Bath Spa University commemorating the international celebration of Black History Month in the UK (October) and the US (February). For more info and a link to the events both here and at Bath Spa University, please contact Prof. Joshua Goode, joshua.goode@cgu.edu.

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Meet the Speaker:

Gloria Willingham Touré (PhD, Education, ’96)

Gloria Willingham-Touré (née Nelson) was born during the Jim Crow Era of legalized racial segregation in the United States. Subsequently she grew up in all Black communities and rarely had any contact with White persons, nor with any other races. At the age of 14 she was selected as one of four Black students to enter the newly desegregated and history-making Little Rock Central High School (LRCHS).

Black students entering LRCHS after the nationally televised historic entrance of The Little Rock Nine, entered without the protections of the National Guard or the watchful eyes of the media. She and the three other students who entered LRCHS in 1960 as tenth graders became the first cohort group of Black students to remain at this ‘White’ school for three consecutive years to graduation.

Willingham-Touré’s life story is archived at The Center For Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton as a part of the 2018 Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project. She is currently executive director of the Afram Global Organization Inc. and founder of The ‘Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s.’ Her presentations are consistent with the Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. Mission: “To create environments in which persons from diverse circumstances and experiences can come together and co-learn with each other in a way that bridges the opportunity gaps, retains the respective cultures, and ultimately benefits society.” – villageprojects.net

Gloria J. Willingham- Touré
Gloria J. Willingham- Touré

This event is sponsored by the CGU Departments of History and Cultural Studies, The CGU School of Arts and Humanities, Bath Spa University and the Global Academy of Liberal Arts (gala.network).