Cannon Beach Arts Symposium

The last weekend of January will mark a first for Cannon Beach Arts Association and for Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Funded by a generous grant from the Tourism and Arts Commission (TAC) of the Cannon Beach City Council, on January 28, 29 and 30, 2011, the Arts Association in partnership with Clatsop Community College, non-profit organizations, schools and educators, and the lodging and business industry will sponsor a three-day literary arts symposium centered on the civil rights movement of the 1950’s-60’s that will include two well-known public speakers and authors. The symposium will feature the 1989 Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian-author and renowned speaker Dr. Taylor Branch, whose three volumes on the civil rights movement of the 1950-60’s are the definitive teaching texts on that era in classrooms across America. Dr. Branch will speak on “Myths and Miracles of America in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Years”. Branch is the author of Parting the Waters, Pillar of Fire, and At Canaan’s Edge. Also speaking will be Dr. Quintard Taylor Jr., known throughout the history community for his wealth of knowledge of African American history in the Northwest. He is the current President of the Western History Association and the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington in Seattle, one of the most prestigious collegiate chairs in History anywhere in the country. Dr. Taylor will speak on “Civil Rights in the Northwest”, one of his areas of expertise.

Additional sessions include commemoration of the Freedom Rides where participants will join Freedom Rider Joseph Stevenson of Astoria and friends for this panel followed by a screening of Stanley Nelson’s new film Freedom Riders nominated for this year’s Sundance Award (presented by OPB’s Ron Craig). There will be also be a session on Civil Rights and Nonviolence, with presentations by artists, civil rights advocates, journalists, interfaith leaders, and historians featuring music by Marilyn Keller, Ron Steen, George Mitchell, and Kevin Deitz.

Symposium tickets are $120 and include entry to all events. For additional information visit,, or To register, get accommodation information, a map of the city, and updated information, call 503-739-0452. Clatsop Community College will offer undergraduate credit or CU for business participants.

Press release and images submitted by:

Clatsop Community College and Cannon Beach Arts Association

Email: Carol Knutson

Phone: 503-338-2501 or 503-739-0452

Photo of Taylor Branch

Dr. Taylor Branch

Photo of Quintard Taylor

Dr. Quintard Taylor

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