Movement 68 Symposium


On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 the Albert Gore Research Center hosted the Movement 68 Symposium, which was a panel discussion on the past 50 years of black student activism and experiences at Middle Tennessee State University, featuring alumni and students from the 1960s to the present day. Lae'l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist and Assistant Professor from Kent State University, who founded Project STAND, gave an important keynote speech before the panel. Her research areas focus on outreach to marginalized communities, documenting student activism within disenfranchised populations, and utilizing narratives of oppressed voices within the curricula of post-secondary education spaces. The Movement 68 Symposium was held in Room 160 of the College of Education building on the campus of MTSU. 


Thank you to all of our sponsors: MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, the LaRoche Family Foundation, the Distinguished Lecture Committee, the Office of Equity & Compliance, the Office of Intercultural & Diversity Affairs, Africana Studies Program, the Department of History, Scholars Academy, Omega Psi Phi, and the Albert Gore Research Center. 

Panel participants: 

  • Sylvester Brooks
  • Dr. Phyllis Hickerson-Washington
  • Dr. Michael McDonald
  • Dr. Vincent Windrow
  • André Canty
  • Arionna White
  • Barbara Scales (Moderator)
  • Sarah Calise (Moderator)

Program Schedule:

  • 6:15 Welcome and introduction by Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, Director of the Albert Gore Research Center
  • 6:20—6:45 Keynote speech by Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist at Kent State University and founder of Project STAND
  • 6:45—7:45 Alumni panel discussion moderated by Barbara Scales, Director of the June Anderson Center for Women & Nontraditional Students, and Sarah Calise, Archivist at the Gore Center
  • 7:45-8:00 Audience question and answer

View the program for this event here.

The Movement 68 Symposium was honored to be the official pre-conference program for the 2018 Slave Dwelling Project Conference co-hosted by MTSU's Center for Historic Preservation. For more information on this important conference visit their website

Accessibility Information

The College of Education Room 160 is wheelchair accessible. If you or someone you know will need Sign Language Interpreting or Communication Real Time Translation, please contact or before October 12th. There are all gender/family restrooms on the first floor of the College of Education. If you need or require other accommodations that are not listed, please contact us by emailing or by calling 615-898-2632. Thank you. 


If you have a MTSU parking permit (white, green, blue, or red), please follow the parking regulations listed here to park on campus after 5:30PM. The closest available parking after 5:30PM should be in the Ezell Lot for those with a MTSU parking permit. If you do NOT have a MTSU parking permit, you can obtain a visitor permit online at a cost of $2. We HIGHLY suggest you purchase your permits online using this option before the event on October 23. You can also purchase a visitor permit on the day of the event from Parking Services before they close at 5:30PM. Visit the Parking Services website for more information. 

Free parking and shuttle service is available to visitors in the Rutherford Lot with no parking permit required.  The Raider Xpress serves the MTSU campus, the routes and times can be found here Raider Xpress .

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