Post-May 26th Call for Participation:                     

The Observance Planning Committee is soliciting papers, panel sessions, performances, artistic productions, and workshops for the post- May 26th Observance.

The Observance theme is “Honoring the Past and Embracing the Future.”  While the Observance program planning committee welcomes papers, panels and artistic productions on any aspect of human and civil rights, priority will be given to submissions directly related to the Observance theme.

The deadline for submission of paper, panel, and artistic production proposals is August 1, 2016.  Proposals should be submitted electronically and must include: title of paper or panel, author (s) name and affiliation (s), 200 to 250 word abstract of the proposal, and contact information.  Proposals should be submitted to:,, or 

Contact the planning committee chair (, or any member of the planning committee, or visit the website for additional information about the Observance.

Souvenir T-shirts are still available for a limited time​​




Honoring the Past and Embracing the Future

May 26, 2016 marked the 60th Anniversary of two female students from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Wilhelmina Jakes and Carrie Patterson, sitting down in the “whites only” section of a segregated bus in the city of Tallahassee. When they refused to move to the “colored” section at the rear of the bus, the driver pulled into a service station and called the police. Tallahassee police arrested Jakes and Patterson and charged them with “placing themselves in a position to incite a riot.”

In the days immediately following their arrests, students at FAMU organized a campus-wide boycott of city buses. Their collective stand against segregation set an example that propelled like-minded Tallahassee citizens into action.

Through courageous nonviolent protest, boycotters in Tallahassee achieved an important victory in the struggle for civil rights. The case of Tallahassee proved that a commitment to nonviolence could achieve significant results towards equality.