Book Talk & Book Signing:
Juan Williams, My Soul Looks Back in Wonder, Sterling
May 13, 2004 - Noon-1 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion
[From the publisher] "From AARP, which has more than 35 million
members, comes a major book, written by Juan Williams, about
one of the most significant political and human rights movements
in modern history. Deeply personal in tone, this book presents
stirring, thought-provoking, eyewitness accounts from people
who played active roles in the civil rights movement over the
past 50 years. All the narratives are drawn from AARP's Voices
of Civil Rights project. This volume showcases stories of personal
transformation that bring a pivotal moment in American history
vividly alive. Although the terrible age of segregation is covered,
the powerful words and intimate experiences that unfold on every
page reveal just how much the civil rights revolution remains
a vital force today. Every speaker makes clear that the struggle
for equality must continue now, and into the future. The various
individuals who offer their unique perspectives come from every
age group, and from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Taken together, their tales create a fresh, intimate view of
history in the making and reveal just how much the battle for
civil rights touched the lives of every American in the most
Staff tours will be made available
Eyewitness to History: Journalism and the Legacy of Brown
Co-sponsored by the Newseum
May 17, 2004, Noon- 2 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium
Moderated by the Newseum's Frank Bond, a panel of scholars and
journalists will discuss the coverage of the Brown decision and
subsequent civil rights demonstrations relating to public school
Sherryll Cashin, Failures of Integration
May 21, 2004 - noon - Whittall Pavilion
[From the Publisher] "Sheryll Cashin was born and raised in
Huntsville, Alabama, where her parents were political activists.
She was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
and served in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban
and economic policy. A Professor of Law at Georgetown University,
she is a frequent television commentator on law, politics, and
"The Failures of Integration is a provocative look
at how segregation by race and class is ruining American democracy.
Only a small minority of the affluent are truly living the American
Dream, complete with attractive, job-rich suburbs, reasonably
low taxes, good public schools, and little violent crime. For
the remaining majority of Americans, segregation comes with stratospheric
costs. In a society that sets up "winner" and "loser" communities
and schools defined by race and class, racial minorities in particular
are locked out of the "winner" column. African-Americans bear
the heaviest burden. Cashin argues that we need a transformation-a
jettisoning of the now ingrained assumption that separation is
acceptable-in order to solve the riddle of inequality in America."
May 25, 2004 - 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Coolidge Auditorium
LC Chorale performs and hosts a concert including several DCPS
high school choirs.
Children of Struggle
Produced by Library of Congress LIVE
June 3, 2004 - 10 a.m. & noon - Coolidge Auditorium
An original musical play by local playwrite Raquis Petree, tells
the story of Ruby Bridges, Ernest Green, and Claudette Colvin.
First produced in 2002 at the Smithsonian Associates Discovery
Theater. This warm and thoughtful musical play about the struggle
and hope of young heros of the Civil Rights Movement is also
directed by Raquis Petree, with music by Marion Johnson.
10:30 and 1 p.m.
Educational and interactive tours led by Susan Mordan of the
exhibition. Each tour will be customized according to age and
Family Guide card and Children's labels
Available at exhibition
Will be developed for use by families visiting the exhibition
to make it a fun and educational experience
August 25, 2004 and October 3, 2004
Done in cooperation with OSI/Learning Page the institutes will
bring together teachers from across the country to study, learn
about and experience Brown v. Board using the Library's primary
and web based materials so they can take them back to their school
districts, schools, and classrooms.
Voices of Civil Rights
Voices of Civil Rights is a joint project between the Library
of Congress, AARP, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
(LCCR). Over the next year, the project will collect and preserve
thousands of personal stories, oral histories, photographs, and
personal artifacts of the Civil Rights Movement in America. The
collection will form the world's largest archive of personal accounts
of America's struggle for justice and equality and will be permanently
housed at the Library of Congress.
To add your story contact Voices of Civil Rights online at www.voicesofcivilrights.org or
Voices of Civil Rights
601 E Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20049
The film series that accompanies the exhibition will be screened
in the Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building. Films are
free and open to the public, but require advance registration.
For reservations or more information call 202-707-5677 or check
To schedule group and school tours of the exhibition, please contact
the Interpretive Programs Office, 202-707-9203.