50th Anniversary of Hawkins v. Town of Shaw

Thursday, October 3, 2019

12:00 pm                   
Check-in at Delta Hands for Hope                                      
pick up schedule, registration, reunion bag and map of the walking tour

5:00 – 7:00 pm         
Museum Exhibit at the Field Memorial Library
musical guests, cocktails and museum tour 
(Business attire)

Friday, October 4, 2019

9:00 am                     
Check-in at McEvans High School Gym                                     
pick up schedule, registration, reunion bag and map of the walking tour   

10:00 – 11:00 am     
Highway Renaming and Civil Rights Freedom Trail Markers Unveiling 

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm   
50th Anniversary Commemoration Luncheon & Civil Rights Participants Reunion at McEvans High School Gym                                   
Honoring the late Andrew and Mary Lou Hawkins and Shaw civil rights participants and their families.
Activities include; group photos, musical guest, keynote speaker t.b.a. and introduction to the Shaw Historical Society.

(Casual attire)

4:00 pm                       
Homecoming Parade

7:00 pm
Homecoming Game

Saturday, October 5, 2019

3:00 – 5:00 pm         
StoryWorks Theatrical Play at McEvans High School Gym
Our documentary play is based on the civil rights movement in Shaw and features local actors and artists

5:00 – 6:00 pm         
National and Community Discussion focused on the Hawkins v. The Town of Shaw lawsuit history.
Featuring national leaders, Shaw community members and former civil rights activists who worked in Shaw during the movement.
(Business Attire)

  • United States Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, Mississippi Second Congressional District
  • Equal Justice Initiative The National Memorial for Peace and Justice – The Legacy Museum (Montgomery, AL)
  • Heather Booth (National Civil Rights Activist and Former Member of the Shaw Civil Rights Movement)
  • Glory “Gloria” Hawkins-Scott (Daughter of Mr. Andrew and Mary Lou Hawkins)
  • Melvyn Leventhal (Attorney for Hawkins v. Town of Shaw)
  • Reuben Anderson (Attorney for Hawkins v. Town of Shaw)
  • Jonathan Shapiro (Attorney for Hawkins v. Town of Shaw)

6:00 – 6:30 pm
Closing remarks