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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

Schedule

February 27 12 noon - 1:30 pm: Film Screening & Media Presentation
Documenting the Freedom Struggle in Southwest Georgia
Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building [map] (co-sponsored by Blacks in Government, LC chapter)
  • Glen Pearcy (Filmmaker, Barnesville, MD):
    The Civil Rights Movement is one of the best documented chapters in American history.  Iconic images and sounds, captured in photographs and films, are indelibly identified with the events and people of the time...[read more]

March 18

12 noon - 1:30 pm: Scholars Roundtable

"The Long Black Freedom Struggle" - African American Soldiers in WWI and Korea
Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building [map] (co-sponsored by Veterans History Project & Blacks in Government, LC Chapter)

  • Adriane Lentz-Smith (Associate Professor, Duke University)
    Histories of the civil rights movement often begin with the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown decision and end in the wake of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, but the black freedom struggle commenced decades before Brown and extended long after the victories of the mid 1960s. For instance, the generation before Martin Luther King ...[read more]
  • David Cline (Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech; Research Scholar & Interviewer, LC/NMAAHC Civil Rights History Project)
    The Korean War is often referred to as "The Forgotten War," and none of its veterans are less recognized or remembered than those of African American descent...David Cline's soon to be published research examines the war as experienced by the 135,000 black men and women who served in Korea, and is based on oral histories and archival collections including the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project...[read more]

April 17

April 17 flyer

12 noon - 1:30 pm: Scholars Roundtable

Locality and Nation: Civil Rights and Voting Rights in the Deep South, 1963-1966
Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Jefferson Building [map] (co-sponsored by National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Library of Congress and Blacks in Government, LC Chapter)

  • Hasan Kwame Jeffries (Assistant Professor, Ohio State University; Research Scholar & Interviewer, LC/NMAAHC Civil Rights History Project)
  • Thomas Jackson (Assistant Professor, UNC-Greensboro & Visiting Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

May 19

 

 

 

 

1:00pm - 1:45 pm: Launch of Website for Civil Rights History Project Interviews

Montpelier Room, 6th floor, Madison Building [map] (co-sponsored by SI NMAAHC; National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, Library of Congress; and Blacks in Government, LC Chapter)
  • Roberta Shaffer (Associate Librarian for Library Services, LC), Betsy Peterson, (Director, American Folklife Center), Rex Ellis (Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture); Congressional sponsors of the CRHP bill
  • Overview of website functions, special features, assets and samples of digital interviews

2:00pm - 3:30pm: Roundtable Discussion & Film Screening

Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964: Memory, Legacy & The Way Forward
  • Film: The Streets of Greenwood (1964)
  • Roundtable Discussion: Robert Moses (The Algebra Project), Charlie Cobb (Author, educator), Dorie Ladner (Activist, educator), Joyce Ann Ladner (Author, activist); Wesley Hogan (Duke University), moderator

3:30pm - 4:30pm: Culminating Address

We The People: Constitutional People & Personal Responsibility for the Message of the Preamble?

May 20

12 noon - 1:00 pm: Book Talk

This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (2014)
Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Jefferson Building [map] (co-sponsored by SI NMAAHC and Blacks in Government, LC Chapter)


July 28-August 1

Summer Teacher Institute with a focus on Civil Rights
(NOTE: This is a special initiative of the Library's Teaching with Primary Sources professional development program)

Download the Idea Book for Educators ® focusing on the Civil Rights Act of 1964

September


Exhibition

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom
September 10, 2014 until September 12, 2015
Southwest Gallery, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building [map]

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom is produced by the Interpretive Programs Office, Library of Congress and made possible by a generous grant from Newman’s Own Foundation and with additional support from HISTORY®.

September 15

1 pm - 3:30 pm: Scholars Roundtable & Media Presentation

Popular Culture and Civil Rights: Jazz, Film, TV and the Making of the Movement
Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Jefferson Building [map] (co-sponsored by the National Audio Visual Conservation Center and Blacks in Government, LC Chapter)
  • Ingrid Monson (Professor, Harvard University)
  • Ruth Feldstein (Associate Professor, Rutgers University)

    Preceding the roundtable, screenings of historical films and TV programs from Library collections will highlight the discussion topics

September 25

 

 

 

Symposium (in conjunction with Library-wide activities commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month)

Organizing Across the Boundaries: Strategies and Coalitions in the Struggle for Civil Rights and Social Justice
Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building [map](co-sponsored by the Hispanic Division & the Hispanic Cultural Society, Library of Congress, and Blacks in Government, LC Chapter )

10:00am - 11:00 am: Keynote Address

  • Maria Varela (Community Organizer, Educator, Writer & Photographer, New Mexico)

11 am - 12:15 am: Panel Discussion

When Poor People Marched on Washington: The '68 Campaign in Black and Brown
  • Carlos Montes (Community Organizer & Educator, California)
  • Moderator: Guha Shankar (Folklorist, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: LUNCH

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm: Panel Discussion

In Common Struggle: Multiracial Coalition Building in the United Farm Workers and the Black Panther Party
  • Bill Jennings (Activist & Archivist, California)
    • Moderator: Catalina Gomez (Special Assistant To The Chief, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress)

2:45pm - 4:30 pm: Panel Discussion & Media Presentation

Faith Has Its Limits: Struggles Within the Struggle for Social Justice
  • Moderator: David Cline (Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech)

 

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