Ina Corinne Brown Lecture

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Ina and Student, Year Unknown, Ina's Grad. RobeThe Ina Corinne Brown Lecture is supported by a gift from Nadine Hardin-Miller to honor Brown, professor of social anthropology and professor emeritus at Scarritt College (1942-1966), and all women who work for racial justice in the U.S. South. Brown was a special lecturer at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, and Fisk University. She was the author of three books on race relations: The Story of the American Negro (1936), Race Relations in a Democracy (1949), and Understanding Other Cultures (1963). She served as a consultant to city public school systems involved in desegregation in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida, a service sponsored by Peabody College. Frustrated that Scarritt College remained segregated, in the 50’s, Brown wrote a firm letter that was signed by most of the Scarritt College faculty, and sent it to the president of the board pointing out the seriousness of the situation and urging action to preserve the social integrity of the school. In September 1952, Lelia Robinson and DeLaris Johnson entered the college as the first full-time black students making Scarritt one of the first predominately white private colleges in Tennessee to be desegregated. Past lectures have been delivered by Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson & Monica Raye Simpson.


First Annual Ina Corinne Brown Lecture

September 10, 2015ash lee henderson

Ina Corinne Brown Lecture with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
7-8:30 pm
Wightman Chapel, Scarritt Bennett Center

Join us for the first annual Ina Corinne Brown Lecture given by Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson. Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is an Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class womyn, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. She has extensive knowledge of the use of community organizing and is a former staff member of the Chicago SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) History Project. She is a past member of the United Students Against Sweatshops National Coordinating, Political Education and Collective Liberation Committees. Additionally, she is a long-time activist working around issues of community empowerment, environmental destruction, mountaintop removal mining, and environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia, and has served on the National Council of the Student Environmental Action Coalition. Ash-Lee is a former staff organizer for United Campus Workers, Tennessee’s only union for higher education employees, is a proud member and organizer with Concerned Citizens for Justice in Chattanooga, TN, and is a board member of the Highlander Education and Research Center.

This event is free & open to the public.

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September 29, 2016

Conversation & Workshop with Monica Raye Simpson
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Reading Room


Ina Corinne Brown Lecture with Monica Raye Simpson
7-8:30 pm
Wightman Chapel, Scarritt Bennett Center

Join us for the second annual Ina Corinne Brown Lecture given by Monica Raye Simpson. Monica Raye Simpson is the Executive Director of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. A native of rural North Carolina, Monica has organized extensively against human rights violations, reproductive oppression, the prison industrial complex, racism and intolerance and is deeply invested in southern movement building and the fight for Black liberation. She is also committed to birth justice as a certified Doula. Monica couples her activism with her artistry and released her first live album entitled Revolutionary Love where she blends her gospel roots and her passion for social justice with deep soul to create the sound known as Revolutionary Soul. Because of her “artivism” Monica was named as a New Civil Rights Leader by Essence Magazine and chosen as one of Advocate Magazine’s 40 under 40 leaders.

This event is free & open to the public.

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