The Center for Documentary Arts is curating "This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement," a photographic exhibit featuring the works of photographers who covered the civil rights demonstrations of the 50's and 60's. The exhibit will be presented at the Leonardo August 2011 through Fall of 2011. In conjunction with the exhibit, community gatherings and public forums exploring "Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement" will be presented at Utah Valley University, Salt Lake Community College, Westminster College and the University of Utah.
The Library also will host the traveling exhibit associated with the national Freedom Riders project June 13 through July 11. The Library is working with King's English Bookstore to develop a suggested reading list for various ages.
Also, visit: Civil Rights Film Series: "Freedom on My Mind": Jun 14, 2011 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Kings English Bookstore is work with The City Library on a list of recommended reading for various age levels.
The CWC's Freedom Writers project invites all community members to share written stories of civil rights as they relate to the individual or the change one wants to see. Whether it is poetry, essays or testimonials, these writings will be showcased for the general community through visual and written exhibits. The goal is to foster healthy change in our community and inspire tolerance, kindness and respect through shared stories of civil rights as they affect individual experience.
The project involves several stages, including a call for written submissions from community members; partnerships with underserved populations; and curriculum for workshops to be held at the CWC and in local high schools. The project will culminate with a visual/written exhibit at The City Library in October. Additionally, Freedom Writers' works will be posted on line at slcc.edu/cwc/publications.asp#Freedom.
The SLC Film Center will preview three civil rights films at The City Library:
Spyhop Productions worked with KUED to identify eight teen filmmakers who produced deeply personal short films exploring what freedom means to them in 2011. The films, which will be produced as a 30-minute special to air in conjunction with Freedom Riders on May 16, look at the impact and perception of civil and human rights in the context of an African refugee in Utah; a high school student from Mexico; Muslim youth in Utah post 9/11; and the experiences of a "straight" high school student who supports her school's Gay-Straight Alliance club.
The Utah Education Network is working with TwHistory, an organization that takes historical events and creates, microblogs or tweets to create a virtual reenactment of a particular historical event on Twitter. UEN, TwHistory and students from the Open High School of Utah have created an event for Freedom Riders. These tweets are scheduled to be broadcast in real time beginning May 5, 2011 and run through early June 2011. The end result is a virtual reenactment on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides of 1961, broadcast in real time. UEN also created a resource page for educators full of curricula and other resources related to the PBS American Experience Freedom Riders broadcast and other relevant materials.