Franklin College will host the traveling exhibit “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” from Friday, March 24 to Wednesday, May 3 in the Richardson Chapel. Related programming will include a lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 and poetry readings at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. Both events will be held in the Branigin Room located in the Napolitan Student Center.
As part of a grant that was awarded to the college in 2014, the exhibit will help audiences understand and discuss the relationship between two historic events that resulted from Americans demanding justice.
Franklin College is one of 50 sites, and the only site in Indiana, to receive the “Changing America” grant.
“While the exhibit focuses on those two significant moments in U.S. history, it also highlights the work of social movements for advancing equality, the contested meanings of freedom in U.S. past and the life experiences and leadership of black Americans,” said Meredith Clark-Wiltz, Franklin College associate professor of history.
Clark-Wiltz, who applied for the grant, is also acting as program coordinator to bring the exhibit and programs to campus.
In correlation with the exhibit, the lecture, titled “Black Lives Matter, Democracy and Economic Justice: Reflections on the Long Black Freedom Movement in the United States” will feature Barbara Ransby, Ph.D., as the final speaker of Franklin College’s 2016-17 Convocation Lecture Series. Ransby is a professor of history, African-American studies and gender and women’s studies and is also vice provost for planning and programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Also in correlation with the exhibit, poetry readings will be made by Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah. May is the author of Hum and The Big Book of Exit Strategies and has been awarded a Spirit of Detroit Award, the Wood Prize from Poetry and an Indiana Review Prize. Faizullah is the author of Seam and had been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Ploughshares Cohen Award and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize.
Admission to the exhibit and related programming is free and open to the public.
“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 tour of the exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
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(Posted March 8, 2017)