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“50 Years: Civil Rights in Arizona from 1963 to Today” (exhibit)

Civil rights demonstrators, Selma March to Montgomery, Alabama,1965/©Bruce Davidson/Magnum

Dates: January 15, 2013 - August 30, 2013

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Bob Diaz


New Exhibition Reflects on 50 Years of Civil Rights in Tucson Communities

On August 28, 1963 thousands were drawn to the National Mall to be part of what would become a historic event: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On a national level, the march spurred the passing of important civil rights legislation. A new exhibition at Special Collections reviews how, 50 years later, the fight for civil rights has impacted local Tucson communities. “50 Years: Civil Rights in Arizona from 1963 to Today” is on display from Jan. 15 – Aug. 30 at Special Collections, 1510 E. University Blvd. A companion exhibition focusing on national civil rights issues is also on display in the UA Main Library from Jan. 15 – Aug. 30, 2013.

Highlights of the exhibit include national civil rights legislative documents from the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Collections, documents from the Tucson Council for Civic Unity archive detailing the council’s effort to end discrimination and segregation in Tucson and Arizona, and photographs and papers from civil rights groups and individuals representing the African American, Native American, Asian American, LGBTQ, and Mexican American communities of Tucson. An audio kiosk playing songs from the civil rights era is also part of the exhibition.

A lecture series featuring community leaders, University of Arizona scholars, and local educators will accompany the exhibition. All lectures take place at Special Collections on the University of Arizona main campus and are free and open to the public.

Civil Rights in Arizona Lecture Series

"50 Years: Tucson’s African American Community"
January 15, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A screening of the documentary film “In Their Own Words: The 1960s civil rights movement in Tucson” & panel discussion with Charles Ford, Ph.D., former Tucson Vice Mayor and retired Tucson Unified School District principal and Cressworth Lander, native Tucsonan and president of the Dunbar Coalition

"50 Years: Tucson’s Native American Community"
February 12, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
A discussion about Indian law cases, Arizona, and the Supreme Court during the Civil Rights Era with Robert A. Williams, Jr., E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and American Indian Studies, UA Rogers College of Law

"50 Years: Tucson’s LGBTQ Community"
March 7, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A discussion with Adela Licona, Associate Professor, UA Department of English; Stephen Russell, Director, Frances McClelland Institute, UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences; and Jamie Lee, Doctoral Student, UA School of Information Resources and Library Science

"50 Years: Tucson’s Mexican American Community"
April 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A discussion with Lupe Castillo, Professor, Pima Community College and Margo Cowan, Public Defender, Pima County

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