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Gordon College’s Southern Culture Series Continues Feb. 26

The fourth installment of the Southern Culture Series is Feb. 26 with John Perdew presenting a video of his one-man play, ‘Education of a Harvard Guy.” In 1963 Perdew, a native of Denver, a student at Harvard University, and a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) traveled to Americus, Ga. to aid in the Civil Rights Movement in Sumter County. On Aug. 8 he and three others, soon to be known as the ‘Americus Four,’ were arrested and charged under Georgia’s sedition law, a law that carried the death penalty. They were held without bail for three months before being released after the charges were found unconstitutional. Perdew now lives in Griffin and has worked in various causes including assisting African-American farmers in retaining their land and diversifying their businesses. His presentation will feature vocal performances by the Albany Freedom Singers as well as an exhibit of news articles about civil rights activities in Southwest Georgia. The presentation will be in the Student Center Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. On March 26, the series concludes with ‘Fire Ants: Fun and Fiction’ presented by Mark Brinkman at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium.

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