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Three Generations of Social Justice
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Milton
Date: May 14, 2021 to May 14, 2021
Where: Milton, Milton,, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States, 02126
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Event Type: Other
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Joan, Matthew and Elisia Ceballo-Countryman are connected by much more than a family name, a bloodline and a Yale University Legacy: they are united and inspired by a common interest in the fight for social justice. Joan (former Board Chair of the Kendal Corporation) was an early supporter of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, when she befriended and worked alongside Ella Baker, John Lewis, and other seminal figures of the Civil Rights movement. Fifty years later, Joan’s son Matthew is a professor of history and Afroamerican and African Studiesat the University of Michigan where his fields of study include African American social movements, 20th-century U.S. history and public memory of the Civil Rights movement. In addition to working on behalf of the LGBTQ community, Matthew’s daughter Elisia, during her own time at Yale, was part of a movement which led the University to change the name of one of its residential colleges from that of a 19th century slavery supporter (John C Calhoun) to honor one of its most distinguished alumna, Grace Murray Hopper, a trailblazing computer scientist, brilliant mathematician and teacher, and dedicated public servant. Please join the Countrymans in conversation – led by Professor Matthew Countryman- to uncover the motivations and the inspirations behind this fascinating and dedicated family. Joan Countryman served as Kendal Corporation Board Chair from 2014-2021. She is now President of Friends Center City, a community that enriches the lives of older adults who choose to age in place in the Philadelphia area. Countryman is the former Head of Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, a position she held for 12 years until her retirement in 2005. From August 2006 until March 2007 Joan Countryman was a consultant and Interim Head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. From August 2007 until June 2008 Countryman led the Atlanta Girls’ School in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, Coun
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