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William G. Anderson Lecture Series

In Memoriam: Congressman John Lewis and Rev. C. T. Vivian

William G. Anderson, D.O., was a founder of the Albany Movement, a seminal struggle for civil rights in Georgia in the 1960s, and the first African American to have been elected national president of the American Osteopathic Association.

Friend and faculty member of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine throughout its history, he has been essential in developing and sustaining the “Slavery to Freedom” lecture series. To honor his singular achievements as an activist, a physician and cornerstone of this program, we are proud to name it in his honor: the “Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series: Slavery to Freedom.”

Now in its 21st year, this program offered every February brings multicultural leaders to campus to interact with students, faculty, administrators and members of the community.


Check our calendar for the next event.



April Ryan | Vernon Jordan


Eugene Robinson | Frederick D. Haynes III | Vernon Jordan


Michael Eric Dyson | Jamele Hill


Mae Jemison | Jonathan Capehart | Johnny Ford


Edwin Black | ​​​​​​​Cornell West | ​​​​​​​Ernest Green

2015 and prior

Past speakers can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.