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Emory Opens Civil Rights Exhibit Thursday

The exhibit features documents and materials from the historic Southern Christian Leadership Conference organization, which fought for civil rights and continues to do so today.

Take a walk through the past to get a better understanding of the present at an exhibit featuring items from one historic civil rights organization, with deep roots in Atlanta.

Titled "And the Struggle Continues: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Fight for Social Change," the exhibit featuring materials from the SCLC's archive will open on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library.

The opening celebration on Friday, Feb. 22 from 6-8 p.m. will feature remarks by SCLC leaders Charles Steele Jr., national CEO; Bernard LaFayette, national board president; and Dorothy Cotton, SCLC education director 1960-1968.

The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 1, is in the library's Schatten Gallery, located on the third floor of the Woodruff Library. The exhibition and celebration are open to the public free of charge.

"With this exhibition and related events, we feel so honored to have this opportunity to recognize the historic contributions of SCLC and all those associated with it, past and present," says Rosemary Magee, director of MARBL. "They represent the hope and the drive to seek equality in all aspects of life. The library is a perfect place to honor these shared aspirations for all people."

Get more details about the exhibit.


Check out other Black History events nearby:

  • Gordon Parks Segregation Story Exhibition is still on display at the Arnika Dawkins Gallery at 4600 Cascade Road until March 29.  The Segregation Story is an exhibition of vivid images originally published by Life magazine in 1957. Others were recently discovered by the Gordon Parks Foundation and made available in commemoration of what would have been Mr. Parks' centennial.  Get full details. 
  • Professor and MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry will help contextualize the unique political issues of women when they lecture on the theme "More than a Vote: Women’s Struggle for Full Citizenship" as part of the Spelman College Ida B.Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Spelman College. Full details.

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