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March on Frederick

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Pictured: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Joachim Prinz lead the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 29, 1963, Washington, D.C.)
As a tribute to the historic March on Washington, the March on Frederick will bring together students, faculty, staff and friends to reflect on the progress made within the Frederick community since the passing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. The march will begin at Harry Grove Stadium and progress by historic landmarks. The march will end at the front steps of Alumnae Hall of Hood College, Frederick’s premiere liberal arts college, where local, state and national civil rights activists will address the crowd. It is noteworthy to mention that the first Black student entered Hood College in the fall of 1964, the same year as the passing of the Civil Rights Act. Today–50 years later–Hood College proudly celebrates a diverse student population that includes nearly 35% students of color in its 2014-2015 incoming class.


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Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Fred Gray: “The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: How It Happened, How Justice Was Served, and Why This Matters”

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Noted civil rights attorney and activist Fred D. Gray will speak about the Tuskegee Syphilis Study on April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall, at Hood College. The medical experiment “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male” was conducted between 1932-72 by the U.S. Public Health Service using poor rural African American men who thought they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government. The study is infamous for its lack of ethical standards, such as withholding penicillin from its subjects for decades after this drug was discovered in the 1940s and became standard treatment for syphilis.

Gray came into prominence as a civil rights lawyer during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 where he worked with Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and E.D. Nixon. He represented the Tuskegee Syphilis Study participants in a victorious lawsuit against the government in 1973 and in 1997 helped procure President Bill Clinton’s formal apology for the U.S. government’s role in this terrible injustice. Part of the legacy of his lawsuit was the establishment of the government’s Office for Human Research Protections and the federal laws and regulations requiring Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to operate nationwide in order to protect the interests of human subjects.

Following Gray’s keynote speech, there will be a book signing for his two publications: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study and Bus Ride to Justice: The Life and Works of Fred D. Gray.

This event is sponsored by the Robert D. and Barbara E. Hanson Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, the Frederick County Bank, and Hood College’s Office of the Provost and Council for the Humanities.

For more information, please contact Dr. Martha Bari, or 301-717-9554.

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Wil Haygood (author of The Butler)

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Pictured: Author and prize-winning journalist Wil Haygood and his book The Butler: A Witness to History

Acclaimed journalist and best-selling author Wil Haywood will speak about his book The Butler: A Witness to History on March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall, at Hood College. The book was made into an award-winning film Les Daniel’s The Butler, of which the author is an associate producer. Haygood loosely based the book on the life of Eugene Allen, who endured a harsh and segregated upbringing in his native Virginia. Allen relocated to Washington, D.C., during the Depression and made his way from a country club waiter to head White House butler. He served eight presidents—from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan—and witnessed sweeping social change during his three decades of service.

The first in his family to go to college, Haygood served for 17 years as a national and foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe. He joined the Washington Post in 2002 and covered national and global affairs. Haygood is the author of five nonfiction books, including an award-winning trilogy of biographies of notable 20th century African American personalities. In 2013 Haygood was honored with the prestigious Ella Baker Award—named after the civil rights pioneer—for his efforts in his writings to bring to light persons who contribute from behind the scenes.

Fiftieth anniversary events are sponsored by the Robert D. and Barbara E. Hanson Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Frederick County Bank.

For more information, please contact The Dean’s Office, or 301-696-3573.

For a video of Wil Haygood’s visit to campus, click here.

To see photos from Wil Haygood’s visit to campus, click here.

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“Let Freedom Sing: Songs of the Civil Rights Movement” by Key Arts Production

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SNCC Freedom Singers, 1962 – (front to back) Bernice Johnson Reagon, Charles Neblett,
Cordell Reagon, and Rutha Mae Harris. Photo by Joe Alper, courtesy of the Joe Alper Photo Collection LLC.

Join in the singing during this multimedia concert performance celebrating the freedom songs that propelled the American Civil Rights Movement forward. Participants are encouraged to sing along, clap hands and experience the power of the uplifting songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. Historical film footage and narrative take viewers on an unforgettable journey through the music of Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, The Staple Singers, Curtis Mayfield, and many others who provided a soundtrack for a revolution. February 26 at 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall.

Fiftieth anniversary events are sponsored by the Robert D. and Barbara E. Hanson Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

For more information please contact: Kiran Chadda, Ph.D.,


Elijah Cummings: “Realizing the Dream”

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Pictured: U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings

Elijah Cummings, a prominent and long serving representative for Maryland’s 7th congressional district, will be the keynote speaker at the launch of Hood College’s yearlong initiative commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Cummings, who has dedicated his career to empowering the people he represents, will give a talk entitled “Realizing the Dream,” January 29 at 7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.