On Sunday, April 6th at 3:30 P.M., 502 N. Water Street, Garrison School will host a panel discussion titled, “Celebrating Fifty Years of Civil Rights: Liberty Voices Speak.” A reception will follow the program.
The keynote guest panelist will be Lisa Young Alston, the daughter of Civil Rights leader and activist Rev. Andrew Young. Rev. Young was Dr. Martin Luther King’s most trusted advisor and confidant. Also, featured on the panel will be local Liberty residents: Shelton Ponder, Dick Brown, Rosa Mae Patterson, Rick Nyman, Bea Young, AJ Byrd, and Theresa Byrd.
This panel will provide an opportunity for the public to meet the daughter of a famous Civil Rights leader, and a group of local Liberty residents who lived through segregation, integration, and the seguing of equal rights into a Clay County community with historic ties between black and white families dating back to 1822. The panelist will briefly discuss selected topics during the Civil Rights years in Liberty: life in the Liberty black community; Garrison School and desegregation; life at William Jewell College, and the establishment of the Fellowship of the Concerned Organization.
Garrison School is encouraging residents who would like to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement to visit For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, a nationally touring exhibition from NEH on the Road, that also opens April 6, 2014 on the first floor of Curry Library at William Jewell College, and runs through May 26, 2014. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts, the exhibition traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.
The panel and exhibit are free and open to the public.