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Standing Witness

A Symposium Celebrating Pioneers of Color in Santa Clara and the Bay Area

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War and Abolishing Slavery


Saturday, April 18, 2015            1:30 – 5:30 pm

Theater, San Jose State University, New Student Union

9th and San Fernando Streets

San Jose, CA 95112


Admission is Free – Students May Earn Extra Credit


  • Associate Professor Herbert Ruffin II, Syracuse University, Department of African American Studies and SJSU Alumnus. Author of “Uninvited Neighbors: African Americans in Silicon Valley 1769-1990
  • Bonnie Montgomery, historian, Stanford Archeology Center 1886 Newspapers Project

The Plight of Chinese Laborers in San Jose in the late 1800s

  • Jean Libby, community historian and author, Allies for Freedom

Family and Friends of John Brown in Santa Clara County

  • The Rev. Jerry Drino – Episcopal priest and coordinator of the Cassey Memorial Project, will present the work of California abolitionists Peter and Anna Cassey in the face of 2500 slaves in the 1850’s.

  •  Stan Yogi, ACLU, will present Timelines for Wherever There is A Fight, How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California.

  • Intro of The Devil in Silicon Valley: Race and Mexican Americans by Stephen J. Pitti.

  •  Lovie Spencer, Jr. will facilitate a Truth Telling Roundtable Discussion led by SJSU Students/Millennials


In addition, on Sunday April 19th, 2015, all are cordially invited for day two of the event entitled: ”Moving Forward in Reconciliation and Celebration”

  • All beliefs or disbeliefs are embraced

  •  Hosted at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 81 North Second Street at St. James Park, San Jose, CA – Oldest church building in continuous use in San Jose

  • Eucharist begins at 10:30 AM, Graveside Commemoration at 2:00 PM, Evensong at 4:30 PM, followed by fellowship and reception in the Parish Hall.


View additional information and schedule fliers for the two-day events here:

Standing Witness – Day 1

Moving Forward – Day 2


Sponsored by     

For more information: The Rev. Jerry Drino,

Lovie Spencer,;    The Rev. Kathleen Crowe,

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