Posted Thursday July 05, 2018 by ffvfadmin



Civil Rights grad program for teachers
to be featured on “Smerconish” radio show


Dr. William B. Allen, a member of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge’s Board of Directors, is scheduled to appear on “The Michael Smerconish Show” about 11 a.m. Friday, July 6, on Sirius XM’s POTUS Channel 124.

Dr. Allen leads a recent discussion on “Heroes & Heroines” at Freedoms Foundation.

Dr. Allen, the Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado Boulder for 2018-19, will be discussing the “Civil Rights Movement,” the graduate program for teachers he will be leading for Freedoms Foundation from July 7-14. About 50 teachers from across the country will explore many of the sites closely associated with the Civil Rights Movement in the Southern United States and participate in lectures, group discussions and other activities.

The themes to be discussed include:

  • Citizen action as an expression of political, social and economic will
  • The specific and unique challenges the South faced during the Civil Rights era.
  • The challenges of democracy and federalism in the United States

The tour, taking place almost midway between the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights leader’s 90th birthday, will begin in Atlanta at the King National Historic Site. From there the group will tour Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, visiting a number of sites, including the Rosa Parks Museum, the Dexter Avenue King Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, the 16th Street Baptist Church, and the new Lynching Memorial, officially the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. After stops in Oxford, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee, the traveling seminar ends in Little Rock, Arkansas. There they will be joined by Harvard’s Danielle Allen, author of “Education and Equality” and “Our Declaration,” for a discussion at Phlander-Smith College and a tour of historical sites ranging from Central High School to the LC and Daisy Bates Museum to the scene of the John Carter lynching.

In April, William Allen wrote about Dr. King and his legacy for the Washington Examiner. Read the op-ed here.

The seminar is one of eight graduate teacher programs being offered by Freedoms Foundation this summer.


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