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Events & Appearances

Maria Gitin is available to read from This Bright Light of Ours and to speak about her experience as a teenage civil rights worker in rural Alabama in 1965. She is available for readings and book signing events, keynote and plenary lectures, to speak with college level classes and to lead interactive training. Presentations include personal stories and photos from the civil rights movement as well as commentary on voting rights and social justice today.

Praise for Maria Gitin Presentations

It was a pleasure to have you with us and to hear about your experiences as an incredibly courageous nineteen-year-old. Thank you for your ongoing work in the area of race relations and racial justice. – Steve Murray, Director, Alabama Department of Archives & History

Thank you! thank you! Thank you! Your contribution to the “Voice of Conscience: Civil Rights, Post-Civil Rights and the Future Freedom Struggle” was the highlight. You are a remarkable friend and colleague. As Director of the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt and on behalf of the program committee we thank you. – Victor D Anderson, Vanderbilt University

I learned a good bit from your presentation. I referenced you in the final chapter of” A Child Shall Lead Them” before I sent in the manuscript last Friday. Your book will be a valuable resource, and will be one I will want to use in my King course. – Rufus Burrow Indiana Professor of Christian Thought and Theological Ethics, Christian Theological Seminary

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

To discuss a potential event or presentation with Maria Gitin, please call 831-708-2560 (office) or e-mail her at