The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this special event on Friday, Sept. 13, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Civil Rights pioneer Alvin Adams, who grew up in Appalachian Ohio near Chesterhill and graduated from Ohio University in 1959, will be the focus of a symposium on his life and work at Ohio University on Friday (9/13).
Adams was one of the first African-Americans to graduate from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and went on to write for The Chicago Defender and Jet magazine. He also used his reportorial skills to research his family’s history in Southeast Ohio. The resulting collection includes emancipation papers and other artifacts from the early 1800s.
The Alvin Adams Symposium will feature a daylong series of discussions and presentations beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Schoonover Center, 20 East Union Street in Athens.
-- Symposium schedule: https://www.ohio.edu/scripps-college/alvin-adams-symposium
-- Read Adams' reporting about Alabama Gov. Wallace in a 1963 edition of Jet: https://tinyurl.com/y4r4cfv8
-- Watch the symposium on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oo0ZMz3lzFs