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Fighting for Justice:
20th - Century Activism in New Jersey

November 21, 2015
Paul Robeson Center, Rutgers Newark
(Essex Room)

“We Shall Overcome!”

“Votes for New Jersey Women!”

“Eight Hours Work, Eight Hours Rest
& Eight Hours Pleasure!”

“Make Love, Not War!”

These refrains could be heard across the nation in support of some of the most important social and political movements of the 20th century. New Jersey often stood at the forefront during these tumultuous times, and this legacy will be front and center at Fighting for Justice: 20th – Century Activism in New Jersey.

Join leading authors, scholars, and activists as they explore a century marked by the pursuit of justice and equality for all. Linda Gordon and Dorothy Sue Cobble, co-authors of Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women’s Movements, will kick-off the conference by providing a history of 20th-century social unrest and protest through the lens of feminism.

Additional panel discussions will feature leading scholars and contemporary activists considering how protest movements addressed segregation in housing and education; the impact of institutional bias on the LGBTQ community, women, and multi-ethnic neighborhoods; and how contemporary student activists have been influenced by the past.

Help us be green and bring your electronic device! Free Wi-Fi will be available.