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Special Program: In Conversation with Ernest McMillan

February 17, 2024 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ernest McMillan Book, Standing

Join civil rights activist Ernest McMillan for a conversation with Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, about McMillan’s newly published memoir and many years of social and political action.


Saturday, February 17 | 2:00 p.m.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Free with Museum Admission | Purchase Tickets


Standing: One Man’s Odyssey Through the Turbulent 60s tells the story of one man’s coming-of-age through the Civil Rights movement follows his childhood innocence of white supremacy during the 50’s to his awakening as a full-time organizer in the deep south, and the petrifying costs he was bound to pay.


Ernest McMillan is a veteran human rights activist with a history of working through the 60’s in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and throughout the 80’s with the National Black United Front and the United League of Mississippi. McMillan served as the Chairman of the Dallas SNCC from 1967- 1969. He is deeply involved in the work of connecting arts with the community and developing avenues to foster and engage multigenerational, multicultural bridges for community uplift. Learn more about Ernest McMillan, watch his Oral History via the Museum’s online collections database here.


Jerry Hawkins is the Executive Director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (DTRHT), part of a national 14-place initiative by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Dallas TRHT’s mission is to create a radically inclusive city by addressing race and racism through narrative change, relationship building, and equitable policies and practices. Jerry is also a co-founder of The Imagining Freedom Institute (The IF Institute), a national research-based leadership group that helps organizations and institutions understand the historical context to contemporary issues of place, race and space. Jerry was formerly the Project Director of Bachman Lake Together for The Dallas Foundation and Zero to Five Funders Collaborative, an early childhood collective impact initiative in Dallas, and Director of Children’s Services at the Wilkinson Center in East Dallas/Southeast Dallas.




February 17, 2024
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202 United States
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