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CANCELLED: Author and Activist Maggie Harrison Lowery to Speak

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Thursday, February 1, 2018


Author and civil rights activist Maggie Harrison Lowery will speak at the University of Minnesota Crookston in honor of Black History Month. Lowery will be the featured speaker during Thursday Commons on February 15 at noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. All are Maggie Harrison Lowery welcome. Parking is recommended in Lot A and no parking permits will be required.

Lowery was one of thousands participating in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965 when she was twelve years old. Her father operated a general store between Selma and Montgomery, Ala., that was visited often by Dr. Martin Luther  King, Jr., and meeting him is something that Lowery recalls clearly.  Her presentation on campus is one in a series of events recognizing Black History Month at the U of M Crookston.

The author of Pressing My Way Throughout America, Lowery is a social scientist, artist, and educator who has traveled across America working in the areas of social services and education. She spent many years of working in juvenile corrections.

Lowery holds bachelor’s degrees in social sciences and family and consumer sciences from the University of North Dakota (UND). She also holds a Master of Education from Auburn University in Alabama and is currently in pursuing a doctorate degree in educational leadership at UND.

She grew up in segregated Alabama and is the tenth of fourteen children born to Ned Sr. and Virginia Harrison. She has learned (sometimes the hard way) that Alabama is not the only state in America that has discrimination issues.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations


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