Community Lunch Panel
Dartmouth Alumni of the Civil Rights Movement
Thursday, January 19
12 noon--1:30 pm, Collis Common Ground
William Burton '65, Roger Daly '67, Dirk DeRoos '68, and Paul Stetzer '67 share their experiences as activists working in the voter registration effort of the civil rights movement. Facilitated by Denise Anthony, Associate Professor of Sociology and Research Director, Institute for Security, Technology, and Society, Dartmouth College.
1965 DAM article on Dartmouth students, including some of these speakers, who were engaging in civil rights activism
Associate Professor of Sociology Denise Anthony, former Chair (2007--11) of the Sociology Department, currently serves as Research Director of Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society and as a Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Health Policy Research at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Her research interests include collective action and trust, economic sociology, and the sociology of health care.
Deeply moved by the Montgomery bus boycott and the Greensboro sit-ins, William Burton '65 participated in 1964 in voter registration work in the Mississippi Summer Project followup. This experience influenced him to remain actively involved in politics throughout his life. In 1991 he ran for and was elected as Town Supervisor of Ossining, New York. Though retiring after three two-year terms, he returned to political service in 2005 upon his election as a Westchester County Legislator. Outside of politics, Mr. Burton's career has included working and owning his own businesses in the publishing and printing industries in New York City.
Roger Daly '67 met Martin Luther King Jr. in 1962 when King spent a week at Groton teaching classes. Strongly influenced by this experience, he later joined the Civil Rights Movement as a volunteer field worker for SNCC in the Mississippi Delta and Selma, Alabama. During this time he was beaten twice and was jailed for standing on the courthouse sidewalk while accompanying Selma residents seeking to register to vote. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Reverend Daly has been a pastoral minister for 41 years. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological School and his M.Ed. in clinical psychology from the University of New Hampshire.
Dirk DeRoos '68 spent most of the first months of his freshman year not in Hanover, but in Neshoba County, Mississippi. He recalls this experience participating in civil rights work as being both defining and transformational. After graduating from Dartmouth, he earned his J.D. at Indiana University. He then went on active duty as an Army officer with the field artillery before entering private practice. Mr. DeRoos is currently a partner in the Denver office of the international law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels. His courtroom experience, in state and federal court at the trial and appellate levels, often involves claims under Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, federal and state civil rights and pay statutes, and ERISA.
His experience in Mississippi with the DCU influenced Paul Stetzer '67 to become involved not only in the Civil Rights Movement but also in anti-poverty, anti-war, environmental, and women's and gay rights movements. His career in education has included work with the pre-school anti-poverty program Get Set (while there, he helped found a labor union for that organization's workers), as an environmental educator at the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center, and as a teacher of environmental science at the Germantown Friends School. He has more recently turned to documentary photography with a continuing project entitled "Democracy Is Coming."