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

June – September 2015

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

About the Series

The 2015 edition of this public program series features scholars, educators and artists who will address a range of topics on the theme of civil rights and historic and contemporary struggles for freedom, social justice and equality. Programs in the series will 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.

Many Paths to Freedom features round-table conversations among scholars and artists, book talks, and film screenings. 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 Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM);External Link Icon the Hill Center, Washington, DC; 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 web-casts and social media outlets.

Symposium & Registration

On September 10, the AFC presents a symposium: Civil Rights, Identity and Sovereignty: Native American Perspectives on History, Law, and the Path Ahead, produced in conjunction with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATALM)External Link Icon. The featured presenters are:-Walter Echo Hawk (Pawnee), LLS, author; -Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee), Associate Professor, UNC Chapel Hill;--Tim Tingle (Choctaw), story-teller, author; LaDonna Harris (Comanche), President, Americans for Indian Opportunity. Please take note of the schedule of presentations for the evening's program, which begins at 6:30 pm.

The evening program at the Library's Coolidge Auditorium is the opening event of the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums taking place from September 9-15, 2015 at the Downtown Renaissance Hotel in the District. The capacity of the Coolidge Auditorium is 450 and seats for this special event are in high demand.
Registration is required: EventBrite site External Link Icon.


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

Institute for Museum & Library Sciences, Washington, DC External Link Icon | Ak-Chin Community Council, AZ External Link Icon | Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives, NMNH External Link Icon | The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Washington, DC External Link Icon | 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:
Law Library | Interpretive Programs Office (Exhibits) | Hispanic Division| Education Outreach | Manuscripts | MBRS| Multi-Media Management Group


Series Coordinator: Guha Shankar -


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