GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, the first black woman in New Jersey to serve in a statewide elected office, will be the featured speaker at the 15th annual Fannie Lou Hamer Civil Rights Symposium Tuesday in the Stockton University Performing Arts Center.

The theme of this year’s event is “Having Our Say: Women of Color in the 2018 Election.” Oliver began her career in public service as Director of the Office of Youth Services and Special Projects in Newark and also served in the state Assembly, becoming Speaker in 2010. Oliver has served on countless boards for equal opportunity committees and non-profit organizations.

The annual symposium is named for Fannie Lou Hamer, an activist during the Civil Rights movement, who made history in 1964 by giving testimony at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City in opposition to the seating of an all-white Mississippi delegation. Past speakers include Shaun King, Donna Murch, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Carmen Berkley and Cornell West.

The event will also include a panel discussion by Atlantic City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz, Director at the Center for American Women and Politics Christabel Cruz, Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies Patricia Reid-Merritt, and Assistant Professor of Atlantic History Kameika Murphy.

The Afro-One dance group will perform will the Gospel Choir with Professor of Music, Beverly Vaughn. United Black Students Society President Haashim Smith-Johnson and Stockton President Harvey Kesselman will speak.

The symposium begins at 2:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The event will also be livestreamed in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room in the Academic Center at Stockton University Atlantic City.

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