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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

-Traveling Smithsonian Institution Exhibit Honoring Black Women

The Smithsonian Institution has partnered with a museum in Cincinnati to create a traveling exhibit called "Freedom's Sisters" that is honors 20 Black Women

Much of our national memory of the civil rights movement is embodied by male figureheads whose visibility in boycotts, legal proceedings, and mass demonstrations dominated newspaper and television coverage in the 1950s and ’60s. Missing from that picture is a group of extraordinary women who, while less prominent in the media, shaped much of the spirit and substance of civil rights in America, just as their mothers and grandmothers had done for decades.

Freedom’s Sisters, a collaboration between SITES and Cincinnati Museum Center, brings to life 20 African American women, from key 19th-century historical figures to contemporary leaders, who have fought for equality for all Americans. The exhibition is introduced by a video and electronic projections of strong artistic images that will seize visitors’ emotions. Organized around the themes of "Dare to Dream," "Inspire Lives," "Serve the Public," and "Look to the Future," graphically striking interactive stations tell the stories of Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Septima Poinsette Clark, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Height, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, and 13 other women leaders.Smithsonian Institution.

I only saw one name that was new to me. Who did they leave off of the list?

Look at the exhibit brochure

Here is the current traveling schedule, however, if you have a local museum with $3,500, they can get the exhibit for a ten-week period:

3/15/08 9/14/08 Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH
1/24/09 4/5/09 National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN
4/25/09 7/5/09 Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI
7/25/09 10/4/09 Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, AL
4/24/10 7/4/10 The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas, TX

More at Black Voices."Civil Rights Exhibit Honors 20 Women"