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Speaking Schedule


October 17, 2018 Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Laney Legacy Program in Moral Leadership Activists Panel. Free and open to alL

7 PM Canon Chapel at Chandler on Emory Campus. 

Pre-registration is required to reserve seating:

Maria Gitin and Johnny Parham will engage in dialog with younger activists Adelina Nicholls and Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson to discuss lessons learned. The event will be open to the Public. She will be available for interviews which on campus.  Contact: Maria Gitin 831.334.6176.

Audiences have enjoyed more than 50 presentations by Maria Gitin since the publication of “This Bright Light of Ours” in 2014.  Universities, bookstores, museums, churches and temples, community centers, nonprofit organizations, government entities, public and private schools have hosted events. Maria’s presentations include first hand testimony, music and photos from grassroots veterans of the 1965 civil rights movement. Available formats: keynote presentation & discussion, panels and interactive Skype and FaceTime. Watch a video of a typical presentation: Alabama Department of Archives & History

Thursday, January 19, 2017 4-5 PM
Presidio of Monterey Defense Language Institute
Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Guest Speaker for 400 military members and officers

Thursday, February 23, 2017  Noon-1 PM
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Stories, reading and discussion followed by book signing. Open to students and general public

 June 6th  Selma Interpretive Center, National Park Service, Selma AL

This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the 1965 Voting Rights Fight in Wilcox County, Alabama

Book Talk and Book Signing with Maria Gitin at the Larry B Striplin Performing Arts Center

June 7, 2016 Alabama Department of Archives & History, Montgomery – This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the 1965 Voting Rights Fight in Wilcox County, Alabama

Book Talk with music, archival slides and stories from the 1965 voting rights struggle in Wilcox County AL

Comments about Maria Gitin’s Presentations:

Maria Gitin tells her own story on her own terms, giving readers (and listeners) an honest rendering of one woman’s experience on the front lines of struggle against a deeply entrenched system of racial oppression. —
Clarence Mohr, Chair, History Department, University of South Alabama

Maria Gitin at Mobile History Museum 2014 Video

You are a walking encyclopedia. The history you have gathered regarding this county is truly beyond reproach. – Carolyn Smith-Taylor, daughter of Wilcox County Freedom Fighters, Rev Frank and Mrs Etta Pearl Smith

Maria’s passion, compassion, and love for the people of Wilcox County shines through in her lecture. I count it a privilege to meet someone who is so genuine and is part of living history. – DeeAnn, student University of South Alabama

This Bright Light of OursSpeaking Engagements and Media Inquiries
Maria Gitin
Tel: 831.708.2560
Cel: 831.334.6176