BEGIN:VCALENDAR PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 16.0 MIMEDIR//EN VERSION:2.0 METHOD:PUBLISH X-MS-OLK-FORCEINSPECTOROPEN:TRUE BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:Central Standard Time BEGIN:STANDARD DTSTART:16011104T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=1SU;BYMONTH=11 TZOFFSETFROM:-0500 TZOFFSETTO:-0600 END:STANDARD BEGIN:DAYLIGHT DTSTART:16010311T020000 RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;BYDAY=2SU;BYMONTH=3 TZOFFSETFROM:-0600 TZOFFSETTO:-0500 END:DAYLIGHT END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT CLASS:PUBLIC CREATED:20180831T154139Z DESCRIPTION:Thank you for your interest in the Reinhart Institute Lecture S eries . This event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.\n\nDavid Dennis\, Sr.\, Activist and Author\nMonday\, January 2 1\, 2019\n7 p.m. - Fine Arts Center Main Theatre \nDavid J. (Dave) Dennis\ , Sr.\, interrupted his collegiate experience during his freshman year in 1961 at Dillard University in New Orleans LA to work in the 60s civil righ ts movement in the South\, particularly Mississippi and Louisiana\, where he was arrested over 30 times in relation to his activities to register di senfranchised voters. He was on the first freedom bus ride from Montgomery AL to Jackson MS in 1961. He served in both states as field secretary for CORE (Congress on Racial Equality). He was a codirector of COFO (Council of Federated Organizations) and of the effort to organize Freedom Summer 1 964. He worked closely with Mickey Schwerner and James Chaney who were mur dered along with Andrew Goodman as Freedom Summer began. Dave spoke in Mis sissippi at the funeral for James Chaney\, delivering a eulogy that will l ong be remembered. He returned to Dillard University in 1965 where he grad uated in 1968. Continuing his education\, Dave left for law school at the University of Michigan\; there he graduated in 1971. In 1972\, he was an o rganizer of a successful challenge to the Louisiana Democratic Party struc ture that resulted in an African American chairman and a majority African American delegation being sent to the national convention\, the first time since Reconstruction. \n\nDave’s practice of law gave way in 1991 to hi s work with Bob Moses--a fellow veteran of the civil rights movement in Mi ssissippi--and the Algebra Project. In the 60s\, the most pressing need fo r African American residents in Mississippi for citizenship was to be able to register to vote unobstructed. Dave became committed in the early 90s to the pressing need of quality education as necessary for first class cit izenship\, joining Bob in his work to increase participation of low-perfor ming students in the gatekeeper course Algebra I by or before the eighth g rade. Without early access to Algebra I\, students cannot complete a heavy mathematics program in high school enabling them to go into careers in sc ience and technology. Dave and Bob have begun to pursue “quality educati on as a constitutional right”. The current climate in which the Voting R ights Act of 1965 is under assault underscores that citizens must be ever vigilant in our efforts to maintain safeguards to our citizenship already hard-won and to continue the pursuit of those necessary elements for full citizenship that are yet to be secured. \n\nDave\, father to 6 and grandf ather to 11\, currently resides in Summerville SC with his wife Nancy Ledf ord Dennis and pups\, Pippa and Missy. He is active with two organizations — the Southern Initiative Algebra Project and Dave Dennis Connections . \n\nDave has been interviewed and rec orded in numerous documents\, articles\, books\, newspapers\, magazines\, and documentaries over the years. He has also received many awards and rec ognitions.\n \nThis lecture is part of the Annual Martin Luther King\, Jr. Celebration.\n \n \n DTEND;TZID="Central Standard Time":20190121T200000 DTSTAMP:20180831T154139Z DTSTART;TZID="Central Standard Time":20190121T190000 LAST-MODIFIED:20180831T154139Z LOCATION:Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre PRIORITY:5 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY;LANGUAGE=en-us:Lecture Series - David Dennis\, Sr. (Martin Luther K ing\, Jr. Celebration) TRANSP:OPAQUE UID:040000008200E00074C5B7101A82E00800000000204153311741D401000000000000000 010000000ED270CF6BB916848A6B4C0A064768439 X-ALT-DESC;FMTTYPE=text/html:

Thank you for your interest in the Rein hart Institute Lecture Series. \; This event is free and open to t he public. \; No reservations required.

David Dennis\, Sr.\, Activist and Author
Monday\, January 21\, 2019
7 p.m. - Fine Arts C enter Main Theatre \;

David J. (D ave) Dennis\, Sr.\, interrupted his collegiate experience during his fresh man year in 1961 at Dillard University in New Orleans LA to work in the 60 s civil rights movement in the South\, particularly Mississippi and Louisi ana\, where he was arrested over 30 times in relation to his activities to register disenfranchised voters. He was on the first freedom bus ride fro m Montgomery AL to Jackson MS in 1961. He served in both states as field s ecretary for CORE (Congress on Racial Equality). He was a codirector of COFO (Council of Federated Organizations) and of t he effort to organize Freedom Summer 1964. He worked closely with Mickey < span class=SpellE>Schwerner and James Chaney who were murdered alon g with Andrew Goodman as Freedom Summer began. Dave spoke in Mississippi a t the funeral for James Chaney\, delivering a eulogy that will long be rem embered. He returned to Dillard University in 1965 where he graduated in 1 968. Continuing his education\, Dave left for law school at the University of Michigan\; there he graduated in 1971. In 1972\, he was an organizer o f a successful challenge to the Louisiana Democratic Party structure that resulted in an African American chairman and a majority African American d elegation being sent to the national convention\, the first time since Rec onstruction.

Dave’\;s practice of law gave way in 1991 to his work with Bob Moses--a fellow veteran of the civil rights movement in Mis sissippi--and the Algebra Project. In the 60s\, the most pressing need for African American residents in Mississippi for citizenship was to be able to register to vote unobstructed. Dave became committed in the early 90s t o the pressing need of quality education as necessary for first class citi zenship\, joining Bob in his work to increase participation of low-perform ing students in the gatekeeper course Algebra I by or before the eighth gr ade. Without early access to Algebra I\, students cannot complete a heavy mathematics program in high school enabling them to go into careers in sci ence and technology. Dave and Bob have begun to pursue “\;quality edu cation as a constitutional right”\;. The current climate in which the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is under assault underscores that citizens must be ever vigilant in our efforts to maintain safeguards to our citizenship already hard-won and to continue the pursuit of those necessary elements for full citizenship that are yet to be secured. \;

Dave\, fat her to 6 and grandfather to 11\, currently resides in Summerville SC with his wife Nancy Ledford Dennis and pups\, Pippa and Missy. He is active wit h two organizations—\; the Southern Initiative Algebra Project and Dave Dennis Connecti ons.

Dave has been interviewed and recorded in numerous docume nts\, articles\, books\, newspapers\, magazines\, and documentaries over t he years. He has also received many awards and recognitions.

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This lecture is part of the Annual Martin Luther King\, Jr. Celebration.

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