For those who wish to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the nation’s capital is not the only place to be.
The Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte is opening “Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now” on August 24, 2013.
The spotlight will shine on historical moments in the U.S. Civil Rights struggle through this 2 year series of educational programs, discussions and visual images.
Among the exhibits are:
- “Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham” which runs through December 1 and features the location of some of the most significant actions by segregationists and those involved in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as Birmingham’s evolution in the past 50 years; and
- “Focus on Justice” which runs through January 26, 2014, offering documentation of the struggle for equal rights by photographers with Carolina roots.
Other highlights include:
- Spike Lee’s moving documentary, “Four Little Girls” including interviews with parents and friends of the children who lost their lives in Sunday School when the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was bombed in 1963 (this year they received the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously), and
- a formal “Destination Freedom” kickoff with revered Civil Rights field worker Diane Nash, who led the Nashville sit-ins and Freedom Riders, surviving to tell her stories of the perils and victories of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
The museum’s award winning permanent exhibit, “From Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers” is another timely illustration of how Charlotte evolved to become a "New South" city. Six environments demonstrate aspects of life in Charlotte from the days when the textile industry was king to attempts to desegregate public facilities and more.
For details, visit www.museumofthenewsouth.org.