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Freedom Journey 1965: A Photographic Journey into Civil Rights History

November 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Featuring a series of striking images captured inside the heart of the action during the harrowing Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama in 1965, an extraordinary exhibition of photographs documenting the pivotal demonstration for freedom will launch its national tour in Rhode Island.

Roger Williams University and the Providence Public Library have partnered to bring Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March to the library for public exhibition beginning on Thursday, Nov. 12. The historic and riveting photographs included in the New-York Historical Society exhibition were captured by Stephen Somerstein, a City College of New York student in 1965 who traveled to Alabama to document the march.

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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

Our Racial Moment of Truth: Pulitzer Prize Winner Isabel Wilkerson to Visit RWU on Dec. 3

November 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With the high-profile killings of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of police and civilians, protests are mounting and debates intensifying. These events have left many people asking just how far the nation has really come since the days of Jim Crow – and the need for dialogue has never been more acute.

On Thursday, Dec. 3, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Isabel Wilkerson – a leading voice in the national conversation about race and equality – will address these issues and more as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Roger Williams University. Members of the campus community and the public are invited to spend an evening with Wilkerson for a presentation titled “Our Racial Moment of Truth,” in which she will examine the persistence of racial injustice as a national challenge and how history can inform our work to resolve it.

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Oct. 28 Discussion to Reflect on Infamous ‘Middle Passage’ and Rhode Island Role in Slave Trade

October 20, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – During the trans-Atlantic voyage that for centuries forcibly transported Africans overseas to the New World to be sold as slaves, more than 2 million Africans perished in the journey’s infamous Middle Passage. Conditions were so deplorable that historian John Henrik Clarke has said, “If the Atlantic were to dry up, it would reveal a scattered pathway of human bones, African bones, marking the various routes of the Middle Passage.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, members of the Roger Williams University community and the general public are invited to join Ann Chinn, founder and executive director of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, and Emily Kugler of the project’s Boston’s chapter to learn about their mission to honor those who died during the Middle Passage.

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Social Justice Week: Connecting for Change

October 13, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With six days of events planned, the annual Social Justice Week on campus will offer students the opportunity to explore the myriad issues of social justice and discover a passion to become an advocate for change.

From Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Tuesday, Oct. 20, programming will include film screenings, interactive workshops and conversations on access to rights in other countries.

“Social justice encompasses a vast diversity of topics relating to equal access to economic, political and social rights and opportunities,” says Laura D’Amore, assistant professor of American studies and co-organizer of Social Justice Week. “It is likely that every student feels passionately about an issue of social justice, though they may not yet have the language to understand it in that way. Social Justice Week is designed to highlight many topics in order to help students learn more about social justice, and the ways that they can become active in social change — to be the change they want to see in the world. “ 

Coming Out Day: Candlelight Vigil

Vigil to celebrate Coming Out Day and pay respect to those who have paved the way to allow Coming Out Day to be possible. The Candlelight Vigil is a beautiful ceremony led by Reverend Nancy.

Coming Out Day: Queerbaret

SAFE will be hosting an open mic night! The Queerbaret will have a laid-back coffeehouse vibe and there will be coffee, tea and cake.

Coming Out Day: Outfest

Come join us for fun activities and snacks to celebrate Coming Out Day!

Coming Out Day: Q'Runch

Queer Brunch to start off the events for Coming Out Day. Everyone is welcome!

Film Screening: "Naz & Maalik"

Two young Muslim men balance their mutual romantic attraction with life in post-9/11 Brooklyn in "Naz & Maalik." Merit point event For more information, visit