And the Struggle Continues
In 1957, just after the Montgomery Bus Boycott ended, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was formed, aimed at advancing the cause of civil rights in America in a non-violent manner. From its inception, its president was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – a post he held until his death in 1968.
And the Struggle Continues picks up the story of SCLC eleven years after it was founded. By 1968 Congress had finally passed landmark legislation on civil rights, voting, and housing. The visible markers of “white only” and “colored” were coming down. But the reality of poverty, inadequate schools, a Jim Crow justice system, and discrimination in housing and employment continued to dominate the lives of millions. With the assassination of its iconic leader, the question soon became how SCLC could mount an even more complex campaign for justice and equality, especially with the Nobel Peace Prize winner no longer at the helm.
Drawing from historical documents, books, images and other records housed in Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, this traveling exhibit chronicles how the SCLC expanded its mission in the decades following the iconic Civil Rights Movement. An important history of which many are unaware, the exhibit makes connections between this history and more recent events, illustrating how the fight for significant social change occurs over decades, and, in many areas, is ongoing.
And the Struggle Continues opens February 14, 2015 and will be on display at Levine Museum through August 9, 2015. It is presented as part of the exhibit and program series Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now, made possible thanks to support from presenting sponsor Bank of America and education sponsor UNC Charlotte.