Joan C. Browning
Civil rights activist to discuss Freedom Riders
By Alexandria Sanchez
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
(March 28, 2007)--As part of Women's History Month, the UTSA Women's Studies Institute will host a lecture by civil rights activist Joan C. Browning speaking on "A Hell of a Disturbance: White Woman Albany Freedom Rider" at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 29 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) on the 1604 Campus.
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Browning was one of the first white students to participate in the 1960s civil rights movement in her native Georgia. A veteran of the most important civil rights group of the era, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, she was jailed in December 1961 for her participation in a campaign to desegregate the train station in rural Albany, Ga.
Drawing on letters and notes she wrote while jailed, her lecture explores how Browning, as a 19-year-old white woman, saw and experienced race and gender in 1961. The lecture title comes from a letter in which she wrote, "I just heard that I caused a hell of a disturbance. It seems that never in their experiences has a white girl -- especially such a quiet, soft-spoken, all-American type -- been involved."
For more information, contact Gregg Michel at (210) 458-5701.