The broad-based 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Commemoration Committee, chaired by Professor Paul Arthur, wish to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights in a sober, inclusive and reflective way. We want to seek to learn from what happened, to consider the significance of the Civil Rights movement for our society today and the continuing resonance of the issues which it addressed and the ideals which underpinned it. You are invited to attend the following events. All events are free but we ask you to book so we can best manage numbers.
Launch of Civil Rights Programme – Belfast Thursday 25 January 2018
The launch of Civil Rights 50th Anniversary Programme will take place at 6:30pm on Thursday 25 January 2017 in First Presbyterian
Church, 41 Rosemary Street, Belfast, BT1 1QB. Introduction by Professor Paul Arthur;
Keynote address from Michael Longley, renowned poet and winner of the PEN Pinter Prize 2017 for defending freedom of expression.
‘Reflections on 68’ – Derry Friday 26 January 2018
The Derry launch of programme will be held at 6:30pm on Friday 26 January 2018 in The Junction, 10-12 Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6PW
with Professor Paul Arthur opening followed by contributions from Maureen Hetherington, Ethical Remembering and civil rights activists Ivan Cooper and Deirdre O’Doherty.
Address on civil rights by Dr Emmet O’Connor, Lecturer Ulster University
‘Civil Rights Then and Now’ – Reconciling Difference – East Belfast 5 February 2018
The 50th Anniversary Civil Rights Commemoration Committee and Tuaras in East Belfast wish to invite you to a discussion on ‘Civil Rights Then and Now – Reconciling Difference’ at 6:30pm on Monday 5 February 2018 in Skainos Centre 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF.
Speakers: Rev Mervyn Gibson, Cllr John Kyle and civil rights activist Brid Rodgers.
The Civil Rights Committee wish to engage in constructive dialogue with those who did not, or do not, share the views of the Civil Rights leadership.