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WIT Offers Workshop on Empathy and the Civil Rights Movement at Civil Rights Memorial Center

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

It is obvious why African Americans would courageously participate in the modern Civil Rights Movement that took place between 1954 and 1968. But, what motivated Viola Liuzzo, the only white woman reported to have been killed while advocating for the civil rights of African Americans and others? What about Andrew Goodman and Michael Henry Schwerner, whom the Ku Klux Klan assassinated and buried in an earthen dam? The KKK also killed James Earl Chaney, a Black man, at the same time. Empathy – the gift of understanding and sharing the feelings of others – offers an explanation for the sacrifices made by Civil Rights matyrs.

Women in Training invites you to learn more about this quality on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at “Focus on the Civil Rights Movement and Empathy: An Experiential Learning Workshop” presented by the WIT Leadership Development Academy. The workshop will be held at the SPLC’s Civil Rights Memorial Center from 10:00 to 12:30 p.m. We will serve light refreshments.

Dr. Beverly Davison-Hill, EdD, Dean of the Eaker Center for Leadership Development at the US Air Force’s Air University, will facilitate the workshop. Civil Rights Memorial Center staff members will guide a tour of the museum that honors Civil Rights martyrs.

“The Civil Rights Memorial Center is the perfect place for an empathetic tour,” Dr. Hill said. “It simultaneously instills pride and a call to action. Our March truly Continues, primarily in humanity!"

There is limited seating at the Civil Rights Memorial Center. To reserve your seat, please call or text Ms. Tania Johns, WIT Vice President for Youth Development, at 334-531-4398.

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