SCRC Hosts Annual William L. Taylor Lecture
On April 19, the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) hosted the annual William L. Taylor Lecture. The theme for this event was Education and Civil Rights.
Over 50 people came to hear the discussion led by Dean Michael Feuer of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and featuring Terri Harris Reid, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and panelists De'Shawn Wright, Washington DC's Deputy Mayor for Education and Dr. Liliana Garces, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
The speakers explored the intersections of diversity, civil rights, and education by discussing their own work as well as the legacy of William Taylor. Deputy Mayor Wright related his own experiences working in the New York City, Newark, and Washington school systems to the civil rights challenges Taylor sought to address during his distinguished career, while Dr. Garces described her work to effect change through the legal system and how working with Taylor was both an inspiration and a learning experience. All participants fielded questions from a lively and engaged audience.
The SCRC is proud to hold the William L. Taylor Papers in its collection. For over fifty years, William Taylor advocated tirelessly on behalf of African Americans facing discrimination in education, housing, and voting, playing a key role in writing federal laws guaranteeing the rights of all Americans, regardless of race. By preserving and providing access to his papers, the SCRC is helping to ensure that generations of scholars will be able to study the work of this remarkable pioneer in civil rights and education.