David Hamilton Golland, Ph.D.

Recommended Reading


Freedom Summer
by Bruce Watson


Eve of Destruction
by James T. Patterson


The Pursuit of Fairness
by Terry Anderson


And Justice for All
by Mary Frances Berry


Freedom is Not Enough
by Nancy MacLean


Parting the Waters
by Taylor Branch


Militant Mediator
by Dennis Dickerson


The Sixties
by Todd Gitlin


William L. Dawson and the
Limits of Black Electoral Leadership

by Christopher Manning


The Civil Rights Era:
Origins and Development of National Policy

by Hugh Davis Graham

Books by
Committee Members

Constructing Affirmative Action
by David H. Golland

Contesting Apartheid
by Donald R. Culverson

Resistance and Empowerment
in Black Women's Hair Styling

by Elizabeth Johnson

Yearlong, Campus-Wide Commemoration
of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the
1964 Civil Rights Act and Freedom Summer

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. The Act outlawed discrimination in employment and segregation in public accomodations such as hospitals and restaurants. It also forbade the use of federal funds for segregated facilities such as schools.

That summer, several dozen college students, organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, descended on the state of Mississippi to help register African-Americans to vote. They faced intimidation and violence, and three of them were murdered outside the town of Philadelphia.

Throughout 2014, Governors State University commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Freedom Summer with a series of educational events.

Civil Rights Act Curriculum: Committee member Elizabeth Johnson, with the assistance of GSU student Genevieve Robinson, compiled a series of classroom activities on the national and global impact of the 1964 CR Act.

Civil Rights Film Series: Committee members screened films throughout the year. Each film was followed by a group discussion.

Constitution Day, observed on September 16, focused on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (coordinated by Prof. Elizabeth Johnson). CLick HERE for more information.

The Midwest World History Association Conference was hosted by GSU on September 26-27. The topic was “Civil and Human Rights in World History,” and it was coordinated by Prof. Andrae Marak, a member of that organization's board of directors.

Hogtown, the latest film by Profs. Daniel Nearing and Sanghoon Lee, was screened on Novermber 3 in the Science Lecture Hall. Click HERE for more information.

Student Conference: On November 6 GSU hosted the student conference "How Far We Have Come, How Far We Have Yet to Go!" Interested students were asked to send This Form to Program Chair Prof. Ben Almassi by October 15, 2014. Click for the flyer and the program. We also earned coverage from TPS-GSU.

“A Raisin in the Sun,” directed by Prof. Patrick Santoro, was the GSU fall student theatrical production. This event included a pre-performance panel discussion.

Understanding Ferguson: On December 4 in Sherman Hall, Prof. Vince Jones held a teaching moment to move the discussion of Ferguson in a more positive direction. Invited guests included community leaders, civil rights organizers, police officials, and faculty.

The committee would like to thank everyone who participated in GSU's commemoration of this important milestone in United States history!

The GSU 1964 Committee:
Dr. David Golland, coordinator
Dr. Ben Almassi
Dr. Lucianne Brown
Dr. Donald Culverson
Dr. Elizabeth Johnson
Dr. Larry Levinson
Dr. Andrae Marak
Ms. Jeanne McInerney
Dr. Rashidah Muhammed
Mr. Jeff Stevenson
Dr. Aurelio Valente
Dr. Dwight Vick

On This Day:
1964 in Primary Sources

June 19, 1964: After an 83-day filibuster, the senate approved the Civil Rights Act and sent it to the White House for President Johnson's signature. Click here for the primary source.

June 21, 1964: Three Civil Rights workers participating in Freedom Summer disappeared from Philadelphia, Mississippi. After an extensive search involving the F.B.I., the bodies of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman were found in an earthen dam on August 4. Click here for the primary source.

July 2, 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the most comprehensive civil rights act since Reconstruction. Click here for the primary source.

August 27, 1964: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) sent an interracial delegation to the Democratic convention in Atlantic City. They rejected the proposal to give them two seats at the convention. Click here for the primary source.

December 10, 1964: The Nobel Foundation awards its Nobel Peace Prize to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Click here for the primary source.

Calendar of Events

February 6, 2014
Film: Rosewood
Moderator: Prof. David Golland
E Lounge
February 18, 2014
Discussion: Civil Rights
for Incarcerated Individuals
Student Union
February 19, 2014
National African-American Read-In
Moderator: Prof. Rashidah Muhammad
Cafeteria Annex
February 21, 2014
Film: The Vernon Johns Story
Moderator: Prof. David Golland
Hall of Honors
February 27, 2014
MLK Commemorative Program
Featuring Linal Harris
February 28, 2014
Black Women Rock!
Awards Show
March 4, 2014
Film: Boycott
Moderator: Prof. David Golland
Cafeteria Annex
March 26, 2014
Film: The Rosa Parks Story
Prof. Rashidah Muhammad
Cafeteria Annex
April 7, 2014
Film: Men of Honor
Moderator: Prof. Andrae Marak
Cafeteria Annex
April 21, 2014
Film: Get on the Bus
Moderator: Prof. David Golland
Science Lecture Hall
May 1, 2014
Film: The Five Heartbeats
Moderator: Art Gallery Director
Jeff Stevenson
E Lounge
July 9, 2014
Film: Mississippi Burning
Moderator: Prof. Dwight Vick
July 28, 2014
Film: 4 Little Girls
Moderator: Prof. Rashidah Muhammed
August 26, 2014
Film: Murder in Mississippi
Moderator: Prof. Dwight Vick
September 16, 2014
Film: Freedom Song
Moderator: Prof. Rashidah Muhammad
September 16, 2014
Constitution Day
Celebrating Title VI
Cafeteria Annex
September 26-27, 2014 Midwest World History
Association Conference
September 30, 2014
Film: Selma, Lord, Selma
Moderator: Prof. David Golland
October 7, 2014
Film: White Dog
Moderator: Art Gallery Director
Jeff Stevenson
October 22, 2014
Film: Do the Right Thing
Moderator: Prof. Duane Davis
Engbretson Hall
November 3, 2014
Film: Hogtown
Moderators: Profs. Daniel Nearing (director)
and Sanghoon Lee (producer)
November 6, 2014
Student Civil Rights Conference Hall of Honors
November 6 and 8, 2014, 7:30
November 9, 2014, 2:00
TAPS Presents:
"A Raisin in the Sun"
November 24, 2014
Film: Ghosts of Mississippi
Moderator: Prof. Dwight Vick
Hall of Honors
December 4, 2014
Understanding Ferguson Sherman Hall
December 4, 2014
Film: White Man's Burden
Moderated by the Committee

The Spring semester portion of the 2014 Civil Rights Film Series at GSU was made possible by a generous grant from the Intellectual Life Committee.

All films were free and open to the public.

All films were screened from DVD format and most contained the option for closed captioning for the hearing impaired. Persons requesting captions were asked to contact Prof. Golland in advance to request captions for any particular film.

Last updated
03 June, 2018 (DHG)