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When King Came to U.Va.
Luncheon / Panel Discussion

with Paul Gaston, Wesley Harris, and Eugene Williams


Presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP, and African-American Teaching Fellows (AATF)


Date:Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Location: Auditorium of the Harrison Institute/ Small Special Collections Library
Time: 12:00 p.m.

Paul GastonWesley HarrisEugene Williams

Julian Bond moderates a panel discussion with Professors Paul Gaston and Wesley Harris, and Eugene Williams, focusing on Dr. King's 1963 visit to the University of Virginia.

Wesley Harris (center) was the second African-American to live on the Lawn and is now a faculty member at MIT. As a student, he was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Council on Human Relations in Virginia, eventually moving up to the chairmanship. An interracial array of faculty and students, the committee was dedicated to addressing race issues at the University.

Paul Gaston (left), Professor Emeritus of the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, served on the board of the NAACP and joined the 1963 sit-ins that led to the end of segregation in Charlottesville’s theaters, motels, hotels, and restaurants.

Eugene Williams (right) is a long-time civil rights activist who grew up in segregated Charlottesville, and founder of Dogwood Housing.

Gaston, Harris, and Williams will discuss their experiences during the historic visit.