Flameside Chat offers a personal view into life at Centre during the Civil Rights Movement

Posted by Centre News in Alumni, News 25 Feb 2015

flameLong regarded as a place where important conversations occur, Centre College remains committed to cultivating campus discussions that value community, promote respect and embrace diversity. Now, as the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement, the College continues programming focused on these ideals, offering the Centre community the opportunity to explore this important topic in American history through a live-stream interactive conversation recently presented as part of the popular Flameside Chat series.

Dr. Raymond Burse ’73, President of Kentucky State University

Dr. Raymond Burse ’73, President of Kentucky State University

Entitled “Black at Centre: A Look Back, A Look Forward,” the fourth Flameside Chat installment took place Thurs., Feb. 26 in Vahlkamp Theatre. The discussion was co-hosted and facilitated by Dr. Raymond Burse ’73, president of Kentucky State University, and J.H. Atkins, assistant vice president and associate professor of education.

During the hour-long session, the pair explored the political climate in Danville, Ky., during the American civil rights movement, in addition to Burse’s perspective on what it was like to be an African-American student at Centre during that time. Looking forward, Atkins addressed present-day plans for supporting diversity on campus.

While those attending the Vahlkamp presentation were encouraged to bring online devices to join the conversation, organizers from Centre’s alumni affairs office reminded off-campus viewers to join in the interactive discussion by tweeting questions using #flameside or posting in the comment section on YouTube. To view the entire presentation and questions posed by viewers, click here.

“We know that our alumni miss the stimulating discussions they had in and outside the classroom while they were students at Centre. Flameside Chats allow us to replicate that experience online, from the comfort of their homes,” says Director of Campaign Communications Laura Coleman Pritchard.

“With this programming, we’re not only providing an opportunity for alumni to get back in touch with the people who helped shape their Centre experiences but we’re also introducing our audience to new faculty, staff and alumni with whom they may not be familiar,” she continues. “We want these chats to be interactive, so we encourage viewers to participate by submitting questions through YouTube or Twitter.”

Following the Flameside Chat, the Student Activities Council sponsored a screening of the Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed film Selma. The movie tells the dramatic and inspiring story of the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

J.H. Atkins, Assistant Vice President and Associate Professor of Education

J.H. Atkins, Assistant Vice President and Associate Professor of Education

As future Flameside Chats are scheduled, information will be posted on the Centre College Alumni Facebook page and via @CentreAlumni on Twitter. For those unable to participate in the live chats, recorded versions of the broadcasts will be available on YouTube and also posted on Centre’s website.

View the entire series of Flameside Chat episodes here:

Flameside Chat #1: New “Flameside Chats” premier with Beau Weston

Flameside Chat #2: Second Flameside Chat recaps general election results

Flameside Chat #3: Third Flameside Chat allows viewers to discuss leadership with President John Roush

Flameside Chat #4: Flameside Chat offers a personal view into life at Centre during the Civil Rights Movement

by Amy Clark Wise

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