On Tuesday, November 2, Honesdale resident Dick Forman will share his experiences of working in the South during the Civil Rights era. His talk, sponsored by Waynepeace, will be held at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale, beginning at 5 PM.

Born and raised near Seattle, Dick moved to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with his family in 1960. After graduating from Cornell University in 1966, he joined the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA Program). After training by the Urban League, Dick was assigned to a public housing project in Atlanta’s West End, where he established numerous community action projects for pre-school, youth, adults and seniors. 1n 1967, Dick was accepted by the United States Teacher Corps and assigned to teach African-American students in segregated public schools in Galveston and Aldine, Texas. He also worked with the Community Action Council of Galveston as a community organizer. After two years of service and completion of a Master of Secondary Education Degree at the University of Houston, he was recruited by the University to teach in an innovative resident on-campus program with 18- to 23-year-old Mexican-American migrant worker youth from the Rio Grande Valley.

In the 1970’s, Dick worked with a large construction trade union safety, education and training program as Education Director. He served for 25 years as Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of New Jersey, retiring in 2006. Dick now lives in Honesdale with wife Sandi and a shelter dog, Savannah.

Come hear a unique and little-heard perspective on some of the momentous events of the 1960’s, and on the not-so-momentous but still impactful day-to-day work involved in the struggle for social justice. Refreshments will be served.

(The use of Wayne County Public Library facilities by Waynepeace does not constitute an endorsement by WCPL of Waynepeace’s policies or positions.)

 

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