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Oct. 19, 2007

Civil rights leader McDew to speak at Law School

Charles McDew, one of the founders of the 1960s civil rights group Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), will discuss what lawyers can do for social justice at noon Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Room 285 of the University of Iowa's Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

An Ohio native, McDew helped found SNCC in 1960 when he was a student at South Carolina State University. He chaired the organization from 1961 to 1963, initiating a series of events that helped to desegregate the South. Among the events he helped organize were the Freedom Rides of 1961, the March on Washington in 1963, and the Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964.

McDew recently retired from teaching at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, Minn.

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