Bettie Mae Fikes visits S&T on Thursday

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On January 12, 2022


Bettie Mae Fikes, pictured here with civil rights icon and long-term member of the U.S. Congress John Lewis, earned the moniker “the voice of Selma” by setting civil rights marches to song. Fikes will speak at S&T next Thursday as part of the university’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.

Celebrated civil rights icon Bettie Mae Fikes will speak Thursday, Jan. 20, as part of S&T’s Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall; a reception with light refreshments begins at 6 p.m. in the Castleman Hall lobby. Admission to the event is a non-perishable or canned food item.

Fikes, known as “the voice of Selma,” marched and sang with many civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis. Her appearance will include a Q&A facilitated by Dr. Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of history and political science.

The event is open to everyone.

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