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Freedom Summer Exhibition & Program Coming in July!

By MPL Staff on Jun 20, 2014 2:52 PM

Risking Everything book cover

MPL is excited to host the Freedom Summer Exhibition & Program at Central Library in July. Join us on July 12 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. to hear special guest Michael Edmonds, editor of Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader, describe how America changed forever during the summer of 1964 and why one of the nation’s premier research collections on civil rights ended up in Wisconsin. Edmonds is Deputy Director of the Library-Archives at the Wisconsin Historical Society and curator of its online collection of more than 25,000 pages documenting Freedom Summer.

Freedom Summer Exhibition & Program
Central Library
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Saturday, July 12, 2-3:30 p.m.
Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 2nd floor
Space is limited. Please call 414.286.3011 to register.

Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader will be available for purchase at the event.

On Display July 1-18, 2014 ~ Central Library, 1st Floor (Near Media Room)
Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students

This exhibit tells how a handful of activists led 900 northern volunteers and thousands of Mississippi’s black residents in an assault on the state’s segregated political system. Hundreds were jailed, beaten, bombed and shot for trying to secure basic constitutional rights. The murder of three civil rights workers on the project’s first day was fictionalized in the 1988 film, “Mississippi Burning.” The exhibit displays facsimiles of 70 manuscripts, photos, articles and other documents from the Society’s well-known civil rights collections. A running narrative explains the summer’s major events.

Download a flyer about the Freedom Summer Exhibition & Program to share with friends and family.



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