Charles as Speaker: Compelling Presentations on the Civil Rights Struggle

Photo courtesy of the Southern Illinoisian, Carbondale, IL

I have been presenting programs about civil rights in public schools for decades, including elementary, middle and high schools. In addition, I regularly present to college classes, as well as civic organizations such as Rotary Clubs.

I conform my presentation to be appropriate for the audience. My preference is to give a brief (15-30 minutes) outline of my experiences in the civil rights movement. One of my main goals is to engage the audience. I want to interact with people and answer questions at any time.

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Present for Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech and More

I describe what it was like at the March On Washington, where Dr. King made his “I Have A Dream” speech. I explain what life was like in Mississippi in 1964 for a member of the black community, of which I became a part. I tell about trying to register black citizens to vote, explain literacy tests and poll taxes, and Freedom Schools. Finally, I speak about the Selma-Montgomery March, which I helped plan and execute, and my close personal conversation with Dr. King.

After the introduction, I like to show the 28-minute movie, “A Regular Bouquet.” I was twenty in 1964 when the movie was made. Then, I field more questions and relate personal anecdotes. Often questions address whether any of these problems still exist and what can be done about them. This format takes about 80-90 minutes.

Charles Prickett’s Background

I am an attorney and an educator. While at the University of Arizona, I taught Law and Education and courses in Educational Leadership in the graduate program. My law degree is from the University of New Hampshire, and my Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona. My M.A. is from the University of Illinois, where I worked with Max Beberman (the father of new math) and taught a year in the British Infants Schools in Bristol, England.

For more on the speaker’s background, see About Charles Prickett

Learn about his book: Remembering Mississippi Freedom Summer

Upcoming Events

Montgomery High School

February 26, 2020

This is the last presentation because of the corona virus.

Santa Rosa Junior College

April 20, 2020

Solano Community College

April 21, 2020

Santa Rosa Junior College

April 27, 2020

April 28, 2020

May 4, 2020

May 11, 2020

May 12, 2020