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City of Hope: Mobilizing Communities
City of Hope: Mobilizing Communities

Thu, Feb 15


A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center

City of Hope: Mobilizing Communities

Go meet Dr. Simmons!

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Time & Location

Feb 15, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

A. Quinn Jones Museum & Cultural Center, 1013 NW 7th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA

About the event

Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons shares her experience as a young student and organizer in 1960s during the march on Washington and the Poor People’s Campaign.

Dr, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita from the University of Florida. She is a Veteran of the Black Freedom, Peace, and Social Justice Movements from the 1960s until today. She was a student activist in the 1960s Sit-In Movement. Simmons was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and its project director in Laurel, Mississippi for two years beginning with the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. She also worked for the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) in their Project Womanpower. Simmons was also on the staff of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) for 23 years working on ending the Vietnam War, ending South African Apartheid and Israel’s colonization of Palestine as well as immigrant rights issues. In her academic career, Simmons’ focus is on African American and women's religious traditions, and women and Islam from a feminist perspective

City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services, National Museum of African American History and Culture and the City of Gainesville.

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