Alumni Programs

Civil Rights in America: Book Seminar on A Mighty Long Way

traveling seminar iconTACOMA, WA

6-9PM FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013

Participate in this authentic Evergreen seminar exploring civil rights in America through the lens of school desegregation in the South. All pre-registered participants will receive a copy of the seminar book in the mail - Carlotta Walls Lanier’s A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock High School.  Member of the Faculty Barbara Laners and Evergreen Alumnae, Kecia Husbands '10, will facilitate the discussion while Donna Griffin ’02 and the Tacoma Chapter of the Evergreen Alumni Association serve as our hosts. Register Now

Program Overview

In September 2012, The Evergreen State College revived a tradition of offering a common reading to all new students. More than 1,200 new students received a copy of Lanier’s A Mighty Long Way, then participated in several orientation-week seminars and heard the author speak at the all-campus convocation.

This coming January, Tacoma-area Greeners will explore this important and difficult time in American history and draw connections to today’s civil rights challenges.

About Traveling Seminars

Around the country, alumni, parents and friends of the college gather for faculty-led discussions around big ideas. Feed your passion for life-long learning and activate your engagement with the Evergreen community by participating.

Preparing for the Seminar

When she was just 14 years old, Lanier stepped into history as a member of the Little Rock Nine. How did she come to be in this role? What lessons can we discover in her story? As you read Lanier’s book, write down the questions you want to explore. In addition to discussing and analyzing this book, you will have an opportunity to learn how Evergreen used it to welcome and orient new students and to launch the new Academic Statement initiative. Shortly after you register, we will send you a copy of Laniers’ book in the mail.

  • Friday, January 25, 2013
  • 6:00–6:45 pm Reception with light refreshments
  • 6:45–9:00 pm Seminar
  • The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, 1210 6th Avenue Tacoma, WA 98405
  • Limit of 25 participants
  • Regular registration: $20
  • Discounted registration for Evergreen students and alumni who graduated between 2008–2012: $10

About Barbara Laners

Barbara Laners

Barbara A. Laners, attorney-at-law, is a Louisiana native who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Washington in 1963, and a J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law in 1973. The youngest of 12 children who were educated in the states of Louisiana and Washington, she has engaged in public and private law practice for 20 years. Ms. Laners has developed and taught African-American history, counseled at-risk youth and is actively involved in her community. In addition to the practice of law, Laners is involved in print journalism and radio. She has a daily radio talk show, "Community Potpourri," which focuses on issues of interest to the black community. Ms. Laners also writes a weekly column for Media Newspaper Group, a black community weekly. Ms. Laners' life work focuses on work that will enhance life for the dispossessed and disinherited of her community, state and nation.

Kecia HusbandsKecia Husbands '10

Kecia K. Husbands, of Evergreen's Masters in Teaching 2014 cohort, is a Tacoma, Washington resident who earned her Associate in Arts degree in 2008 through Tacoma Community College’s Bridge Program housed at Evergreen's Tacoma Campus. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree at Evergreen in 2011, and was honored to be the undergraduate speaker at her Commencement Ceremony. Kecia is the oldest of three girls in her family who were educated overseas through the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in West Germany and in the state of Washington.  For the past ten years, she worked for Tacoma School District in the Special Education department. Miss Husbands is an advocate for children and young adults with disabilities through afterschool and community based programs. As well as being a life long learner, she is committed to her family being exposed to the arts, and being change agents through community service. >

Your regular yearly gifts to the Evergreen Annual Fund are vital to the continued support of students and faculty. Thank you. The goal of the Traveling Seminar Series is to bring together members of the extended Evergreen community to rekindle the joy of intellectual exploration.