A staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the early 1960s, Richardson worked on SNCC projects in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, including the "Freedom Summer" of 1964 when volunteers traveled throughout the South to help register African American voters. In 1965, she joined current NAACP Chairman Julian Bond's successful campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives. During the 1970s, Richardson directed a study of racism in African American children's books for Howard University; conducted a national study of political prisoners in the United States; and directed a Washington, D.C., scholarship agency for African American students. She also organized a residential freedom school that brought together young people from civil rights struggles in both the North and the South in order to discuss common concerns and strategies.
Richardson is co-producer of the acclaimed television series "Eyes on the Prize," a photojournalistic history of the Civil Rights Movement, and of "Malcolm X: Make It Plain," an in-depth film portrait of the Civil Rights leader. She speaks nationally on the Civil Rights Movement and the making of "Eyes on the Prize," speaking with young people about the values of the Movement and their relevance to current issues. Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., national director of the Million Man March, has called her "not only an authentic voice of the past, but a vibrant voice of the future."
Richardson's talk, sponsored by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Norman James Theatre. It is free and open to the public.