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

A Public Program Series of 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

Symposium - September 14, 2018

On September 24, 2018 the AFC presents a symposium: Since '68: Cultural Organizations, Programming and Documentation, and Community Enrichment in New York, Kentucky, and Washington, DC. The symposium will explore the themes of cultural work, geography, and community as manifested in the history of three organizations that emerged from the social, political and cultural transformations that reshaped national and global society in 1968: the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Appalshop, and the Drum and Spear Bookstore. Please take note of the schedule of presentations and presenters' biographies for this free program, which begins at 1:00 pm in the Whittall Pavilion in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.

Symposium - June 14, 2018

On June 14, 2018 the AFC presented a symposium: Before and After '68: The Poor People's Campaign, Then and Now, produced in conjunction with the District of Columbia Public Library(DCPL)External Link Icon. The gathering aimed to discuss and compare the goals of Dr. King's last mass social action, the Poor People's Campaign (PPC) of 1968 with those of a newly-launched PPC, from the perspective of participants, organizers and documentarians of both initiatives. As well, scholars and curators from educational and cultural memory institutions joined in to speak to the ways that these singular events continue to inform and inspire public outreach and scholarship. Please consult the schedule of presentations and presenters biographies for this free program, which was held in the Whittall Pavilion in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.

About the Series

The public program series features scholars, educators and artists who address a range of topics on the theme of civil rights, activism and historic and contemporary struggles for freedom, social justice and equality. Programs in the series explore aspects of the "classic" African American Civil Rights Movement and expand the range of perspectives on the subject by highlighting the experiences of other communities, at home and abroad. Several presentations address events and actions that have been documented for the Center's Civil Rights History Project (CRHP), the national initiative to record oral histories and first-person recollections of participants in the African American freedom struggle. The series and other Library initiatives such as the exhibition on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, produced by the Interpretive Programs Office, offer patrons unparalleled access to treasures in the national collections.

Programs feature round-table conversations among scholars, activists, educators, and artists, as well as book talks and film screenings. The series is a programmatic initiative of the American Folklife Center in collaboration with several Library divisions.  External collaborating partners have included the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM);External Link Icon the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's Legacy Project;External Link Icon Hill Center;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 platforms.


Series Coordinator: Guha Shankar - [email protected]

Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or [email protected]


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