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Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963

June 26 – August 7, 2015

Emancipation Day, Richmond, Virginia, 1905 Image courtesy of Library of Congress

Emancipation Day, Richmond, Virginia, 1905
Image courtesy of Library of Congress

“Changing America” examines the events leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963.  Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in the larger story of a struggle for liberty which brought together different races, classes and ideologies and had a profound impact on the generations that followed.

“Changing America” is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States (see http://createdequal.neh.gov). “Created Equal” encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.

The AAMI is offering free programs and other public events in connection with the exhibition.

Participants at the March on Washington  Image courtesy of U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Participants at the March on Washington
Image courtesy of U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Changing America Programming Schedule

Title Description Presenter Date Time Location
The Freedom to Vote In this program, McCartney will discuss the events of Freedom Summer as well as the story of a number of University of Iowa students who participated in the monumental event. David McCartney, University of Iowa Archivist June 26 6:00pm African American Museum of Iowa
Slavery By Another Name This program includes a film screening of the PBS Documentary Slavery By Another Name, which recounts how, in the years following the Civil War, new forms of forced labor emerged in the south, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage. A discussion will follow the screening. James Randall, Retired Professor of African American Studies, Coe College July 2 6:30pm Cedar Rapids Public Library
Mighty Times: The Children’s March This program will include a screening of the film Mighty Times: The Children’s March. This program is appropriate for youth. The movie will be followed by discussion and activities. Krystal Gladden, AAMI Museum Educator July 11 1:30pm African American Museum of Iowa
Civil Rights, Soul Music, and Black Identity This program will examine how, in the late 60s and early 70s, black artists underwent a “soul music awakening,” which reflected the revolution that was happening across the country. Dr. Rickey Vincent, Lecturer in African American Studies, UC Berkeley July 17 6:30pm African American Museum of Iowa
Emancipation’s Diaspora: Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest In this presentation, Professor Schwalm shows how in churches and schools, in voting booths and Masonic temples, in bustling cities and rural crossroads, black and white Midwesterners shaped the local and national consequences of emancipation. Leslie A. Schwalm, Professor of History and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa July 30 6:30pm African American Museum of Iowa
Freeman This program is a discussion of the book Freeman by Leonard Pitts. The story takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Diana Henry, AAMI Education Assistant August 1 11:00am African American Museum of Iowa