Changing America

Tuskegee Airmen briefing, Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945
The famous Tuskegee Airmen, the 332nd Fighter Group, attend a briefing in Ramitelli, Italy during World War II (March 1945). (Photo courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.)
Charting the course of civil rights in America, Changing America takes a look at two seminal events in this historic journey: the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington.
One hundred years separate the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, yet these two events are profoundly linked. Both events were the results of people demanding justice. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. In both Americans can take inspiration from those who marched toward freedom.
The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park campus is one of the selected sites to host the six-week exhibit from March 24-May1, 2014. Located in the Gulf Coast Library, the exhibit will feature throughout its run thought-provoking events and discussions.

Grand Opening
Wednesday, March 26
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Douglas Bristol, Associate Professor of History, will discuss his upcoming book, Integrating the U.S. Military: African Americans, Women, and Gays.

Thursday, March 27
5:30 p.m.

Students, university employees and the general public are invited to a poetry reading with the theme surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King's famous quote, "We may have all come on different ships, but we are all here now."

Saturday, April 5
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

An African-American Genealogy workshop will be presented by Joyce Dixon and Ann Anderson of the Ocean Springs Genealogical Society.

Wednesday, April 9
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Deanne Nuwer, Historian and Associate Professor of History, will give a lecture on the role and history of African Americans and Vietnamese workers in Biloxi's seafood industry.

Vietnamese shrimper mending his nets in Biloxi

Sponsored by

The Long Beach Public Library
Southern Miss Gulf Coast Libraries
Evelyn Gandy Cultural Center
College of Arts and Letters