FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 6, 2015) – The Judith J. Carrier Library at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus is one of 50 sites in the U.S. selected for the “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” exhibition. The exhibition examines the relationship between these two events and their impact on generations that followed.
“We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said JoTisa Klemm, director of library services. “The dramatic story of how these two pivotal events came into being, a century apart, and how each helped put the nation on a course toward fulfilling its commitment to liberty and justice for all, is one that can inspire all Americans.”
The exhibit runs Jan. 12–Feb. 19, with an opening reception on Jan. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tramaine Anderson, history instructor, will speak about the connections between the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. Additional events during the exhibit include the City of Arlington Martin Luther King Celebration Multicultural Festival, speakers on the Civil Rights Movement, film discussions and readings. More information is available on the schedule.
“The exhibition tells the story of civil rights struggles and their impact on American history and, hopefully, will inspire us all to continue to work for the extension of equal rights to all Americans,” said Klemm. “We hope faculty, students, and the community will visit the exhibition and come away with new understanding of this part of our history.”
“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States (see http://createdequal.neh.gov). “Created Equal” encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.