“Stories from Civil Rights History, Then and Now”

Across the globe—in places large and small, rich and poor, more educated and less—we face monumental challenges. It can seem that we have never been so divided. Susan Follett believes in the power of story to dismantle those divides.

She grew up in the shadow and silence of Jim Crow, unaware of the March from Selma scarcely 100 miles from her hometown Meridian, Mississippi, where three civil rights workers disappeared during Freedom Summer. As an adult, she set out to understand why she did not know her own history and what might be different if she had. The FOG MACHINE is the result of her examination and reimagining of the times.    

Her “Stories from Civil Rights History, Then and Now” events help classrooms and communities connect history—often unknown and misunderstood—to today.

Who Should Attend

Click below to see an example of an event focusing on each type of audience.

Classrooms: 8-12 and university English and Social Studies

Communities: civic, religious, and business diversity gatherings

Educators: professional development workshops

What You’ll Take Away

Experience bridging divides and enabling difficult conversations through the POWER OF STORY

Ability to connect history to today, in order to carry its lessons forward to current challenges

Greater understanding of what causes prejudice and what enables change

An enhanced view of the Civil Rights Movement--as an ongoing fight with progress and setbacks

To schedule an event in your school or community, Email Susan.

Upcoming Events

April 20, 2017

Dialogue with University of Agder Masters’ Education students in Norway as they explore growing up with conflict, social injustice, and segregation by studying The FOG MACHINE, Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child, and Glenn Patterson’s The Rest Just Follows

April 27, 2017

“Then and Now” conversation with St. Philip's Lutheran Church book group, Blaine, MN

















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