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A lecture on the civil rights movement presented by political scholar and author Frederick C. Harris and titled “It Takes a Tragedy to Arouse Them!: Collective Memory and Collective Action During the Civil Rights Movement” will be presented at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, in room 100 of the Lovejoy Building at Colby College in Waterville. The lecture is part of Colby’s Black History Month programming.

Harris is an associate professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of African-American Politics at the University of Rochester. He is the author of the award-winning book Something Within: Religion in African-American Political Activism and the article “Will the Circle Be Unbroken? The Erosion and Transformation of African-American Civic Life” in the collection Civil Society, Democracy, and Civic Renewal. Harris has also published articles in the Journal of Politics and Policy Studies Review.

The lecture is sponsored by Colby’s Black History Month Celebration planning group and the African-American Studies Program.