Freedom Summer Exhibition & Program Coming in July!
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 nationâ€™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
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 Mississippiâ€™s black residents in an assault on the stateâ€™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 projectâ€™s first day was fictionalized in the 1988 film, â€śMississippi Burning.â€ť The exhibit displays facsimiles of 70 manuscripts, photos, articles and other documents from the Societyâ€™s well-known civil rights collections. A running narrative explains the summerâ€™s major events.
Download a flyer about the Freedom Summer Exhibition & Program to share with friends and family.