Black Lives Matter: An Intergenerational Conversation on Fifty+ Years of Struggle (Oct. 25)

The panel “Black Lives Matter: An Intergenerational Conversation on Fifty+ Years of Struggle” will take place at SUNY Geneseo on October 25 from 4-7pm in the College Union Ballroom. It will be an intergenerational conversation on 50+ years of struggle, including 1960s Civil Rights Movement activists and contemporary activists in the broad Movement for Black Lives.


Dorie Ladner is a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) veteran, social worker, and lifelong activist.

A native of Mississippi, Ladner became involved with the Freedom Riders while still in her teens. In 1962, she was arrested for attempting to desegregate a Woolworth’s lunch counter. Ladner participated in every major civil rights march from 1963 to 1968, including the 1963 March on Washington, the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, and the 1968 Poor People’s March. Having earned a BA from Tougaloo College and an MA in Social Work from Howard University, she worked for many years as a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in the emergency room of  D.C. General Hospital.


Colia Liddell Clark is an activist and politician, and a veteran of the civil rights, Black Power, and Pan African movements.

Also a native of Mississippi, Liddell Clark became involved in the civil rights movement through her work with the NAACP. She later worked with SCEF and SNCC; in Alabama, she was a field secretary for SNCC and later was appointed executive secretary of the organization. She served as special assistant to Medgar Evers.  She is a recipient of the Freedom Flame Award, and was inducted into the National Voter Rights Hall of Fame for her civil rights work.

Liddell Clark has taught at University of Albany, Union College, and the College of St Rose. She holds a BA from Jackson State University, and an MA from SUNY Albany.


Chanel Anita Snead is a member of Rochester Black Lives Matter. She works for B.L.A.C.K (Building Leadership and Community Knowledge) a grassroots collective created to empower the Black community through education, awareness, leadership development, cooperative economics, social media, and tactful action in an effort to combat the many disparities caused by institutionalized racism.


Adrian Elim is an activist and a member of Rochester Black Lives Matter and B.L.A.C.K. He received his BA in Film, Cinema, and Video Studies from the University of Rochester, and currently runs an independent advertising and production company.

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