11/9/2011 - Perry County Pathways Live Oral History event Nov. 10
Marion’sContribution to American Civil Rights Movement To Be Highlighted
Marionplayed a major role in the American civil rights movement, and this historywill be highlighted in a live oral history event on Nov. 10 as part of the current "Perry CountyPathways" celebration.
Theforum will feature local panelists who will share their memories of the civil rightsstruggle, including the important role music played in the movement.
Marionwas considered the cradle of civil rights protests in Alabama. Local votingrights demonstrations and the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson in January, 1965 werethe catalyst for the Selma to Montgomery March that in turn, brought about theVoting Rights Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson in the summer of 1965.
JudsonCollege's artist-in-residence, Dr. Billie Jean Young, will moderate the event in the Ramsay-McCrummen Chapel on the Judson campus.Younghas chronicled civil rights history in several plays. Among them are herrenowned one-woman show, " Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light," andthe plays, "O Mary Don’t You Weep: The Margaret Ann KnottStory" and "JimmyLee."
Theevent will be held at 10:30 a.m. There is no admission charge and the public iswelcomed.
Thisprogram is supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, thestate affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Office ofFaith-Based Service Learning of Judson College. Formore information, contact Beth Poole at 334. 683.5154 or email@example.com.
“Perry County Pathways” is supported by a grant from the AlabamaHumanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment forthe Humanities and the Office of Faith-Based Service Learning of JudsonCollege. The initiative is associated with The Smithsonian Museum's Journey Stories exhibit, on display in Marion's old Depot building Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., plus Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
See the Perry County Chamber of Commerce Journey Stories Special Programs page for additional "Perry County Pathways" activities.