Warren G. Harding Symposium

Prelude to the 1960s:
The United States Presidency and Civil Rights
July 18-19, 2014

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education which declared that state laws establishing separate schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. It is also the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil rights Act of 1964 by President Johnson. Join us for the 2014 Warren G. Harding Symposium which will explore the influence the Oval Office had on the modern Civil Rights Movement from President Harding to President Johnson.

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Harding Home Tour

Quick Look at Events

Friday
1-4 p.m.–Tours of the Harding Home
6:30-7:45 p.m. –Opening Reception
8 p.m.–Sherry Hall on Harding & Civil Rights

Saturday
9-10 a.m.–Tours of Harding Home
10:30-11:30 a.m.–Wreath Laying
11:30 a.m.-Lunch
1-2:30 p.m.–Dr. David A. Nichols
2:45-4:15 p.m.– Dr. Kent Germany
5-6p.m.–Reception 
6:30-9 p.m.–Dinner 

Keynote Address: Andrew Young

Ambassador Young brings a unique perspective, honed by his wealth of experience in national and global leadership, to his focus on this era’s challenges. He confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through nonviolence. Young was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 


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Complete List of Schedule of Events

Friday, July 18
1-4:00 p.m.—Tours of President Harding's Home

380 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion

6:30-7:45 p.m.—Opening Reception and Program

The Ohio State University at Marion
1465 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion

8:00 p.m.—Sherry Hall

Ms. Hall will focus on the landmark speech on race relations and civil rights given by President Warren G. Harding on October 26, 1921 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Saturday, July 19
9-10:00 a.m.—Tours of President Harding's Home

380 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion

10:30-11:30 a.m.—White House Wreath Laying Ceremony

The Harding Tomb
Delaware Avenue at Veterans Park

11:30 a.m.—Boxed lunch on Ohio State Marion campus

Afternoon workshop sessions will be held at: 

• The Ohio State University at Marion
   Morrill Hall Auditorium
   1465 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion

1:00-2:30 p.m.—Dr. David A. Nichols

Dr. Nichols is a leading expert on the Truman and Eisenhower administrations and the author of “A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution.”

2:45-4:15 p.m.—Dr. Kent Germany

While a faculty member of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs, Dr. Germany chaired the Lyndon B. Johnson Project on Social Policy and the Civil Rights Movement.

4:30-5:00 p.m.—VIP Reception with Ambassador Andrew Young

5-6:00 p.m.—General Reception with Ambassador Andrew Young

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.—Dinner and Keynote Address with Ambassador Andrew Young, "A Continuing Legacy"

The Ohio State University at Marion
Guthery Community Room in Maynard Hall

U.S Ambassador to the United Nations (1977-1979)
United States Congressman (1973-1977)
Mayor of Atlanta (1982-1990)
Chairman of the Andrew Young Foundation

Featured Presenters
Andrew Young
Andrew Young has always viewed his career through the lens of his first career- that of ordained minister. His work for civil and human rights, his many years in public office as Congressman, United Nations Ambassador and Mayor, his leadership of the Atlanta Olympic Games, his advocacy of investment in Africa through GoodWorks International, and the establishment of the Andrew J. Young Foundation are all a response to his call to serve.

Ambassador Young brings a unique perspective formed by his wealth of experience in national and global leadership to his focus on the challenges of this era. He confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through non-violence. Young was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Dr. David A. Nichols
is a leading expert on the Truman and Eisenhower administrations and the author of, A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
Dr. Kent Germany
While a faculty member of the University of Virginia's Miller Center for Public Affairs, Dr. Germany chaired the Lyndon B. Johnson Project on Social Policy and the Civil Rights Movement.
Registration

Registration Form–Registration will open March 21

Complete Package:
The complete package registration includes: admission to the Friday evening program, all Saturday study sessions, access to exhibits, and the evening reception, dinner and program. Complete package registrations are limited to 120. The deadline for registering is July 13

 

Program Costs:

Complete Package Adult:

$90

Complete Package Student:

$60

Friday opening reception
(limited number):

$25

Saturday boxed lunch:

$15

Saturday study sessions:

$50

Saturday keynote address and dinner:

$30

 

Advisory Committee, Event Partners & Volunteers
 
Advisory Committee
Partners
Betsy Blankenship The Ohio State University at Marion
Joyce Brown Friends of the Harding Home and Memorial, Inc.
Phyllis Butterworth The Harding Home and Tomb
Rosie Catera Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Dave Claborn Marion Technical College
Kathleen Clemons Ohio Historical Society
Sherry Hall  
C. Gary Iams  
Emily Meyer  
Julie Prettyman  
Karen Ream  
Daine Watson  
 
Acknowledgements

Staff and Volunteers if the Harding Home and Tomb

Presidential Garden Club

Buckeye Backers

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

The Marion Star

 WMRN

What is the Warren G. Harding Symposium?

The Warren G. Harding Symposium is an academic, social, and cultural exploration of the life and times of America's 29th president. The symposium presents in-depth analysis and research by authors, historians, researchers, and experts on the Harding Era and related areas of interest.

The symposium is a collaboration between The Ohio State University at Marion, the Ohio Historical Society, Marion Technical College, Harding Home & Memorial, and Marion County Historical Society.

Symposium events may feature speakers of noted interest, community social gatherings, and tours of historical significance, era appropriate cultural and performing arts presentations all centered on celebrating the historical significance of Harding and other turn of the century events in American history that are a reflection of our country's development from 1910 through 1925.