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The Liberation of UVa

The Black Graduate and Professional Organization (BGPSO) Presents its Annual MLK Event:


Using Your History To Inspire Your Future


Evans D. Hopkins

Author and Civil Rights Era Activist

Wednesday, January 28th at 6 PM

Holloway Hall at Curry School of Education


Evans D. Hopkins is the nephew of Gregory H. Swanson, the African-American lawyer who desegregated the University of Virginia in 1950 after a ground-breaking, highly-publicized lawsuit led by Thurgood Marshall.  Hopkins will link the years-long racial desegregation effort at UVA to the gender desegregation lawsuit of 1969 that ended UVA’s all-male undergraduate policy.  Hopkins will also address the legacy of civil rights protest and its influence on the UVA anti-war strike of 1970; the sense of unease and popular unrest affecting both campuses and the country today; and how students can harness the moral courage of history’s heroes.

Evans Hopkins is a featured interviewee of the Smithsonian/Library of Congress Civil Rights History Project, and the author of Life After Life: A Story of Rage and Redemption (Simon&Schuster/Free Press.)  He is nationally-known as a historian of the Black Panther Party, is considered an expert on incarceration and re-entry, and has been a contributor to The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and a host of other publications.