Three Civil Rights Activists Share Stories

Members of the North Central College community have a long history of standing up for civil rights. Three activists who were once on the front lines of the movement recently shared their stories.

North Central College Professor of History, Ann Keating moderated the presentation called “1963 Protests for Civil Rights: Desegregation in Jackson, Mississippi – a Panel Discussion 50 Years Later.”

The three panelists included Naperville resident Thomas Armstrong, author of Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights, Rev. Martin Deppe, who was once behind efforts to desegregate churches in Jackson, and North Central College alumnus, Rev. Robert Harman who marched with Dr. Martin Luther king in Chicago in 1966.

“I was finally living my calling to a reconciling ministry in the world but also within the church,” said Rev. Harman.

In 1965, a group of 120 North Central College students and faculty marched with other civil rights activists in Selma, Alabama.

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