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On August 22, 2019, the National Civil Rights Museum will host a panel that will feature noted journalist Jimmie Briggs, activist artist Elizabeth Vega, and Dr. Andre E. Johnson from the University of Memphis titled, "Ferguson: Then and Now." Dr. Andre E. Johnson is active in the grassroots movement in Memphis and has traveled back and forth to Ferguson observing the unrest and civil engagement in its aftermath which informed his activism and pedagogy in Memphis
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The Withers Collection is delighted to team with ASALH (Association for the Study of African American Life and History) and the Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society - Memphis Chapter to recall the 400 Years of trials and to celebrate the triumphs of African Americans in the U.S. on August 27, 2019, at Talk About It Tuesday. Confirmed panelists for the forum are Dr. Andre E. Johnson, Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies at the University of Memphis; Ms. Teresa Mays, President of the Afro American Genealogical Society; and Mr. John Ashworth, Executive Director of the Memphis Lynching Sites Project (LSP). Read more here.

The National Communication Association will sponsor a day-long pre-conference titled "Yet with a Steady Beat": Creating and Sustaining the African American Public Address Tradition on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at its national conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Chaired and organized by Andre E. Johnson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies at the University of Memphis, the conference will consist of panel presentations and a roundtable discussion centered on the recent conversation around diversity versus merit. Read the rest here.