The DuSable Museum of African American History is honored to present a new exhibit entitled, Fifty Years Forward: Birmingham to Atlanta to Selma.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Special Guest – Mayor William Bell,
City of Birmingham, Alabama
In January, of 2012, the Mayors of seven southern cities agreed to a joint initiative marking the 50th anniversary of 1963 –the height of the American Civil Rights Movement. These sister cities, which include Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, Jackson, Memphis, Columbia and Washington, D.C. have joined forces to create, Fifty Years Forward, an exhibit that commemorates the courage and sacrifice of the countless ordinary citizens who risked everything to march toward freedom and force the nation to live up to its democratic ideals. The exhibit presents a snapshot of the historical retrospectives, recognizing the individuals and iconic moments that moved our nation “Fifty Years Forward.”
An afternoon at a lunch counter. A thousand arms linked at the elbows. A firing line of water hoses. A pack of German Shepherds. A letter from a Birmingham jail. A devastating explosion. A world that would never be the same. The year was 1963 and as the world watched these events sparked an unstoppable surge toward equal rights for people of all races. By telling these stories in unison, “Fifty Years Forward” hopes to present a complete record of the movement that changed America.
An astonishing wealth of material has been assembled for this thought-provoking show, including rarely or never before seen photographs, artifacts, and interpretive information, developed with scholars, that tells not only the story of the Civil Rights Movement –but also our future.
Birmingham 1963: The Movement That Changed The World
Presented by The Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Birmingham