Maria Gitin, civil rights veteran, activist, and author, will be coming to Stanford on January 28th, 2015 to discuss her new book, This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting RIghts Fight.
In 1965, as a college freshman, Gitin answered King's call for students to come to the South after the attack on voting rights marchers in Selma on Bloody Sunday. She has continued to fight for racial justice and to register voters in diverse communities for more than four decades. Gitin is a current member of Bay Area Civil Rights Veterans , Temple Beth El, and the NAACP. She holds a B.A. from Antioch University (1979) and did undergrad work at San Francisco State College (1964-1967). For twenty-eight years, she was principal of Maria Gitin & Associates development consulting group. She is a frequent presenter on cultural competency and voting rights, and has received numerous racial justice awards and commendations including from the YWCA, NAACP, State of California Assembly, Alabama House of Representatives, and US Congressman Sam Farr.
The talk will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Henry and Monique Brandon Family Community Room of the Black Community Services Center on campus. This event is sponsored by the Black Community Services Center, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.