Explore the civil rights movement
Public invited to presentation at county library
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