Historian to speak on Albany Movement

ALBANY -- Racquel Henry, the civil rights fellow at Albany State University, will speak tonight that the Albany Civil Rights Institute's seventh Monthly Community Night.

Museum officials say Henry, an assistant professor of history at ASU, will speak on the history of the civil rights movement in Albany and the importance of preserving that history for future generations.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. today at the institute, 326 Whitney Ave.

Her presentation will outline her work at Albany State University to record, present and celebrate the prominent role students at the university played in the Albany Movement, ACRI officials said.

Henry has a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University, Bloomington. Before that, she taught at Anderson University, was a preparing future faculty fellow at Indiana University Southeast, a visiting lecturer at Purdue University and an assistant editor for the Frederick Douglass Papers. She received an M.A. in history from the State University of New York at Albany and a B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Racquel Henry's work in Albany centers on the coming 50th anniversary of the founding of the Albany Movement, museum officials said. She is working to collect oral histories of student involvement in the movement and to create events where ASU can remember and honor alumni who played a role.

"It is the memories of these student protesters that are now the most important thing Albanians must offer the next generation to help them in their quest to become productive citizens," Henry writes.