July 12, 2022

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Archives and History

Archives to Host Food For Thought Lunchtime Lecture on Thursday, July 21 at 12:00 pm


Press Release - For Immediate Release

July 12, 2022


Media Contact: Georgia Ann Hudson

georgiaann.hudson@archives.alabama.gov

(334) 353-3312



FOOD FOR THOUGHT LUNCHTIME LECTURE AT THE ARCHIVES ON THURSDAY, JULY 21 AT 12:00 PM

Hosea Williams: A LIFETIME OF DEFIANCE & pROTEST

 PRESENTED BY ROLUNDUS R. RICE 

Montgomery, AL (06/12/2022) – The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) will continue its 2022 Food For Thought lunchtime lecture series on Thursday, July 21, at 12:00 PM. Rolundus Rice will present Hosea Williams: A Lifetime of Defiance & Protest. The program will be held in person at the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) in Montgomery. Admission is FREE. It will also be livestreamed through the ADAH’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Hosea Williams was once described by Ambassador Andrew Young as a "mad man" of the civil rights movement. Known for his tenacious demeanor and his skill at organizing demonstrations and protests, the Attapulgus, Georgia, native became an invaluable member of Martin Luther King Jr.'s brain trust during pivotal Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) campaigns during the 1960s. Williams was a key organizer of the Selma to Montgomery March and, along with Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee leader John Lewis, led protesters across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday in 1965. Williams eventually became the executive director of SCLC after King’s death. He led the SCLC’s initiatives until 1979 and continued agitating for civil and voting rights through mainstream politics and community organizing until his death in 2000. 

Rolundus R. Rice is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He holds an M.A. in History from Alabama State University and a Ph.D. in History from Auburn University. Rice served as special assistant to Dr. Bernice A. King at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, where he supervised Research, Communications, and Archives. His research is focused squarely on the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Rice is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi.  

For additional information, call (334) 353-4689. A complete schedule of our 2022 lunchtime lecture series is available at archives.alabama.gov. Food for Thought 2022 is made possible with support in memory of Mike Jenkins IV.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the state’s government-records repository, a special-collections library and research facility, and home to the Museum of Alabama, the state history museum. It is located in downtown Montgomery, directly across Washington Avenue from the State Capitol. The Museum of Alabama is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. The EBSCO Research Room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. To learn more, visit www.archives.alabama.gov or call (334) 242-4364.

 

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Alabama Department of Archives & History

624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130

www.archives.alabama.gov



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