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Civil Rights Leader John Lewis to Keynote Pulitzer Centennial Event Hosted by Poynter Institute


From The Pulitzer Prizes:


“The Voices of Social Justice and Equality” will highlight the achievements of journalists and others who produces Pulitzer Prize-winning work in the service of civil rights, social equality and democracy.

Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a legendary civil rights leader and an organizer of the Selma Bridge March in 1965, will deliver the keynote address at the main Poynter event on Thursday, March 31, at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida. Through photography, fine arts, live music and dance performances, the work of civil rights-era Pulitzer winners will be showcased.

The following day, Friday, April 1, 2016, Poynter teachers and invited experts will lead a series of workshops designed to enlighten and inspire the next generation of Pulitzer winners. About 20 former Pulitzer Prize winners will be joining the two-day program.

March 31 – April 1, 2016

Hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies



“Every fight for social reform since colonial times — including battles to abolish slavery, promote workers’ rights, fix up slum housing, strengthen civil rights, clean up the environment, expand women’s rights and protect consumers — has reflected the tensions between the self-help and elite traditions. Those same tensions are now on display in the contest between Obama and McCain. The Republicans’ mocking dismissal of community organizing, and the defense of that work by Obama and many activists, sparked a “teaching moment” that lifted the often-unheralded work of community organizer into the public’s consciousness.”

Read all of Peter Drier’s outstanding essay, “Community Organizers: Thank You, Sarah Palin”, by clicking here.
Jim Barrens