Our privacy policy has changed. By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Dismiss

Exhibit At UWM Celebrates 1961 Freedom Riders

Jan. 12, 2011

The UWM Libraries are hosting a national traveling exhibition, "Freedom Riders," which focuses on an important chapter in the nation's struggle for civil rights: the effort by more than 400 Americans to challenge segregated travel in the South during a six-month period in 1961.

 

This free exhibition--running from Jan. 24 to Feb. 21, 2011 in the UWM Golda Meir Library's Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons--is a companion to the May 2011 MPTV/PBS broadcast of the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film Freedom Riders, directed by Stanley Nelson.

 

Several events have been planned in conjunction with the exhibit:

 

--"Riding the Freedom Road: Are We There Yet?," a panel discussion on national and local civil rights efforts from the 1960s to the present will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library's fourth floor Conference Center.

 

The moderator, Robert Smith, Associate Professor, UWM Dept. of History, will be joined by panelists Tyrone Dumas, MPS Community Engagement Project Coordinator; Patricia Parker, Outreach Specialist, UWM Dept. of Social Work; and Judge Russell W. Stamper, Sr., Milwaukee County Circuit Court. The discussion is sponsored by the Friends of the UWM Golda Meir Library.

 

After the panel discussion, at 4:30 p.m., there will be a formal opening of the exhibit in the Learning Commons. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

--A free screening of the film and a talkback with the film's producer, Mark Samels, will be offered at the UWM Union Theatre on Monday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The screening is co-sponsored by local PBS affiliate MPTV, UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, and the UWM Dept. of History. For more information, call MPTV Friends at (414) 297-8004.

 

--Also on view in the Learning Commons from Jan. 24 to Feb. 27 will be an exhibit drawn from materials that are included in the UWM Libraries new digital collection March On Milwaukee: Civil Rights History Project (available at www.marchonmilwaukee.uwm.edu).

 

The Freedom Riders, prompted by Supreme Court decisions mandating the desegregation of interstate travel, traveled in small interracial groups to the Deep South where integration was forbidden by local law and custom.

 

The exhibit presents a detailed narrative illustrated with archival photos and newspaper clippings that document this pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement. Viewing is enhanced by companion audio via cellphone that allows visitors to hear eyewitness accounts of the Riders who endured racism and violence.

 

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in partnership with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, created the exhibition. Funding was provided through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Milwaukee sponsors of the exhibit are UWM Libraries, UWM Department of History, and MPTV Friends.

 

The UWM Golda Meir Library is located at 2311 E. Hartford Ave. For Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons hours, visit the Libraries website at uwm.edu/Libraries. For more information about the exhibit, call 414-229-4786.

Community Watch

» Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country 5/27

» Festival Foods proposal advances in Hales Corners with panel's support Updated:  5/26

» Warrior Dash obstacle course coming to The Rock Aug. 13 5/26

» 2 men sentenced in attempted carjackings in Greenfield, Oak Creek 5/25

» Classes resume at Franklin High School following evacuation Updated:  5/25

» Franklin High School wins awards for "Fiddler on the Roof" 5/25

» View some Art in the Park in Oak Creek May 28 5/25

» Boerner Botanical Gardens hosting Herb Fair May 28 5/24

» Greendale's Canterbury Elementary enters recycling contest to win new playground 5/24

» Oak Creek boys track team stays on task, win sixth SEC outdoor title 5/24

» Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes Updated:  5/24

» Franklin boys tennis team dominates SEC tourney 5/24

» Big bats land Oak Creek softball team SEC title 5/24

» Steady Franklin golfers claim Southeast Conference title 5/23

» Grease fire damages oven at Franklin bakery 5/20

» Five places to go to let your dog off the leash this summer 5/19

» Reptile Day returns June 12 at Wehr Nature Center 5/19

» Oak Creek stuns Whitnall, 12-2, in battle of softball powers 5/19

» Crash closes portion of Highway 100 in Hales Corners May 18 5/18

» Oak Creek approves $13 million financing help for Ikea store 5/18

» Franklin girls soccer team finishes second at Kiel tournament 5/17

» Why did IKEA choose Oak Creek? Location 5/17

» Oak Creek to honor veterans May 30 5/17

» Initial Reaction Podcast: A chat with award-winning sportscaster Dennis Krause Updated:  5/17

» Oak Creek's Marwin Evans signs with Green Bay Packers 5/14

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

Advertisement

CONNECT    

Advertisement