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Lewis Museum visitors need to hear both sides [Letter]

You editorialize that Reginald F. Lewis Museum Director Skipp Sanders' decision to exclude Helena Hicks from a panel discussion on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s "struck a sour note that ended up making the museum look unworthy of the mission entrusted to it" ("A (loud) dissenting voice," Oct. 9).

That statement, however, overlooked the fact that Ms. Hicks herself had demanded that former Black Panther leader Eddie Conway be excluded from the panel — and that her actions struck an equally sour note.

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Ms. Hicks' claim that her "civil rights" had been violated rings hollow indeed. The arrogant attitude she displayed is unbecoming of someone of her stature.

Despite what anyone, including Ms. Hicks, may say, the Civil Rights Movement and all that it accomplished was far from over in 1966. Eddie Conway and the Black Panther Party, as well as others in the Black Power movement, contributed greatly to that movement's success.

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Whatever happened to hearing all sides of an issue?

Olatunji Mwamba, Red Lion, Pa.

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