Virtual Programs to Focus on History of Racism, Little Rock Nine

Tuesday, January 5, 2021
david pilgrim with students

Raritan Valley Community College’s Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Paul Robeson Institute will offer two upcoming virtual programs focusing on the history of racism and the experiences of the Little Rock Nine. The programs are free of charge and open to the public.

The following programs will be presented:

Friday, January 22, 10-11:15 a.m.: “The Mission, Vision, and Work of the Jim Crow Museum: An Anti-racism Facility Dedicated to Building a Just Society with Dr. David Pilgrim”

The program will feature a virtual tour of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University. The museum serves as a base for quality scholarship addressing the complexities of race, race relations, and racism. While difficult to view, these exhibits document the history of commercialized racism in the United States from the late 19th Century to the present, demonstrating a history of racism and Jim Crow. Dr. David Pilgrim, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Ferris State University and Curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, will share an important history that’s critical for everyone to understand.

To register for the virtual event, visit

Friday, February 5, 10-11 a.m.: “Learning Through Experience: Hear Civil Rights History Unfolded with Dr. Terrence Roberts”

Engage with history and hear about the start of school desegregation in the South from a man who lived through it. RVCC’s “Learning Through Experience” program will include an online presentation and question-and-answer session with Dr. Terrence Roberts, who was one of the Little Rock Nine in 1957. These young people were the first African American students to attend Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Roberts will reflect on his life experiences and how they are impactful to our understanding of the world today.

To register for the virtual event, visit

For additional information, contact Michelle Edgar at

Ranked by and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute, and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



January 5, 2021

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