Ex­plore the civil rights move­ment

Pub­lic in­vited to pre­sen­ta­tion at county li­brary

The Covington News - - Local News -

The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend a spe­cial lec­ture on the his­tory of the civil rights move­ment at 7 p. m. on Thurs­day at the New­ton County Pub­lic Li­brary.

The event, pre­sented by the New­ton County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will fea­ture speaker Susan Ash­more, a pro­fes­sor of Amer­i­can His­tory at Ox­ford Col­lege. Ash­more’s lec­ture is ti­tled “ The Hid­den Land­scapes of the Civil Rights Move­ment.”

Ash­more’s lec­ture will fo­cus on the pe­riod af­ter the pas­sage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Vot­ing Rights Act when de­seg­re­ga­tion took place at the lo­cal level.

“ Most his­to­ries of the Civil Rights move­ment end with the pas­sage of th­ese fed­eral laws. From my re­search in Alabama, and es­pe­cially in its Black Belt re­gion, in many ways th­ese laws took the move­ment into a new phase,” said Ash­more of the lec­ture. “Af­ter 1965, many rural folks searched for ways to ex­press their new free­dom.”

Ash­more will com­pare pho­to­graphs taken last sum­mer in Tyler, Ala. to clips from a film made in the re­gion in 1966 and dis­cuss how this piece of Amer­i­can his­tory has been over­looked and what Amer­i­cans can learn to­day of the strug­gle for racial equal­ity.

Ash­more joined the Ox­ford Col­lege fac­ulty in 2000. She holds a Ph. D. from Auburn Univer­sity in Amer­i­can his­tory. Her doc­toral re­search ex­am­ined how fed­eral an­tipoverty pro­grams spon­sored by Pres­i­dent Lyn­don John­son’s War on Poverty helped to im­ple­ment the Civil Rights Act and the Vot­ing Rights Act in the Black Belt of Alabama.

The New­ton County Pub­lic Li­brary is lo­cated at 7116 Floyd Street in Cov­ing­ton

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