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Many Paths to Freedom:
Looking Back, Looking Ahead
at the Long Civil Rights Movement

February – September 2014

A Public Program Series from the Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC

Taylor Washington arrested for protesting at segregated restaurant, Atlanta, GA, 1964 Taylor Washington, high school student, arrested for protesting at segregated restaurant, Atlanta, GA (1964)
Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress

About the Series

This series of public educational programs features scholars, activists, and artists who will address a range of topics on the theme of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for freedom, social justice and equality for African Americans. Programs in the series aim to present audiences with a range of perspectives on the topic, highlight the Library's unparalleled collections about the freedom struggle, and explore questions about the legacy and influence of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of the featured speakers and topics address events, actions and experiences that have been recorded for the Center's Civil Rights History Project (CRHP). The CRHP is a national initiative to record oral histories and first-person recollections of participants in the freedom struggle.

Many Paths to Freedom features roundtable conversations among scholars and movement participants, book talks, film screenings, and concert performances, among other events. The series is a programmatic initiative of the American Folklife Center in collaboration with several Library divisions.  External partners are also collaborating on the series, including the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s Legacy Project, External Link Icon and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. External Link Icon The latter organization is the Library's partner in the Civil Rights History Project.

All events are free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be recorded for subsequent access through webcasts and social media outlets.


Registration is not required for most programs, except when demand exceeds our seating capacity. When it is necessary to limit the number of seats, we will indicate those events for which advance registration is required and provide links to online forms.


The American Folklife Center acknowledges the collaboration of the following institutions, organizations and Library divisions and programs in producing and co-sponsoring the series:

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture External Link Icon
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Legacy Project External Link Icon

In the Library of Congress:

LC Chapter of Blacks In Government (BIG)| Manuscripts | MBRS |
Music | Prints & Photographs | Education Outreach | Veteran's History Project


Series Coordinator: Guha Shankar -


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