On Thursday, April 7th from 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Professor Harwell Wells of Temple University will discuss his paper, “Shareholder Meetings and Freedom Rides.” In 1948, two pioneers of the modern civil rights movement, James Peck and Bayard Rustin, recently returned from the first “Freedom Ride” defying segregation on Southern buses, turned to an unlikely tool to fight for racial justice: corporation law. Their attempt resulted in a landmark case, Peck v Greyhound, and an SEC Rule that blocked shareholder activism for a quarter century and wrote race into the heart of the securities laws.