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UWF professor to present about her year of civil rights history experiences

Dr. Susan Jans-Thomas, professor in the University of West Florida Department of Research and Advanced Studies, will present “2015: An Anniversary Year in U.S. Civil Rights,” in an event hosted by the UWF Historic Trust on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. The presentation, held at Voices of Pensacola presented by Gulf Power, will chronicle a year of events held throughout the South remembering historical events in civil rights history.

In 2015, Jans-Thomas completed the 50th anniversary march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama; participated in events commemorating the lynching and trial of Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi; and participated in events celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott. She is a 2014 Parker Multicultural Alumni Award Recipient from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and she received the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award from UWF. Jans-Thomas is also coordinator of the Diversity Studies Doctoral Program and director of the Civil Rights Research Lab at UWF.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception at 6 p.m. will precede the lecture. An exhibit of photographs taken by Jans-Thomas documenting her experiences will be on display throughout February.

Voices of Pensacola presented by Gulf Power is located at 117 E. Government St. in downtown Pensacola. For more information, contact Director of Education Sheyna Marcey at 850.595.5985, ext. 105 or smarcey1@uwf.edu.