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Media Advisory: Dr. James Pat Smith to Discuss Civil Rights Struggle on Biloxi Beaches in 1959 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, January 26, 2009
Contact Charmaine Williams - 228.865.4573   

TO: News editors, directors

WHAT: The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host a free lecture by Dr. James Pat Smith to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Biloxi wade-ins and kick-off the university’s semester-long academic service-learning courses.

WHERE: Advanced Education Center auditorium on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

SPECIFICS: Smith worked with Dr. Gilbert Mason, Sr., to publish his memoir, “Beaches, Blood and Ballots: A Black Doctor’s Civil Rights Struggle.” The memoir chronicles Mason’s struggle to gain civil rights on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Faculty members at Southern Miss Gulf Coast wanted to honor Mason by offering the academic service-learning courses to students. The university offers seven academic service-learning courses for spring 2009. The courses give students the opportunity to master knowledge and skills learned in the classroom by applying them in a real-world situation that serves their community.

CONTACT: Southern Miss Marketing and Public Relations at 228.865.4573.

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