Talkback with Bob Zellner
Saturday, January 22
After the matinee performance of Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer (about 3:10 p.m.)
Bagley Wright Theater
Moderated by David Domke and Larcy Douglas
This unique and impactful special guest talkback features Civil Rights Leader Bob Zellner. He will share his stories of activism and change in a conversation with Common Power’s David Domke and Larcy Douglas. You will not want to miss this special once-in-a-lifetime event.
This special event is free to all.
Bob Zellner is an influential Civil Right Activist, an organizer of The Freedom Rides of 1961, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) first white field secretary. The son and grandson of Ku Klux Klan members, he risked his life – and nearly lost it – many times in the fight to achieve The Second Emancipation. He worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and many other civil rights leaders. In 1962, Zellner organized workshops on nonviolence for students at Talladega College in Alabama, preparing students for lunch counter sit-ins and marches. In 1963, he helped integrate the library and lunch counters in the segregated mill town of Danville, Virginia, the last capitol of the Confederacy. During 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, Zellner coordinated volunteers and the Freedom Schools in Greenwood, Mississippi.
Bob Zellner captivates audiences with the untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement and his dedication to fighting for the rights of others. Drawing on decades of experience guiding the movement and his ongoing active role, he presents a modern-day message for combating deep-seated racism, discrimination and prejudice and sparking widespread social change. The film Son of the South, based on Bob's autobiography The Wrong Side of Murder Creek, released in 2020.
At CP David focuses on Voter Fieldwork and Policy Advocacy, Education, and Donor Relations, while supporting the org in a variety of ways. He worked as a journalist for several newspapers in the 1980s and early 1990s before earning a PhD in 1996. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. His research has focused on communication, politics, and public opinion in the United States, and in recent years David has worked closely with several organizations on communication and civic action. In 2002 he received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2006, he was named the Washington state Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He can eat more than two dozen chocolate chip cookies in one sitting.
Larcy manages the day to day operations behind the scenes and leads the CPFuture community creating programs carefully designed to meet the needs of young people to get excited about their civic responsibilities. Her passion to work with youth and young people spans over a decade of leading organizations and programs dedicated to empowering and helping them become stronger leaders of themselves and others. As a systems thinker, she is ready to take on any important role to develop systems to improve the day to day functions of an organization carefully finding the balance between efficiency and effectiveness. She is currently leading efforts to submit the application for Common Power Future to be considered a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. She immigrated to the United States as a child with her mother and is a UW alum making her the first in her family to attend and graduate from an American College.