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Sandoz exhibit tells Civil Rights story

February 4, 2015

"The Road to the Promised Land" exhibit chronicling the U.S. Civil Rights movement is on display in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center through March 15. It includes this image of freedom rider James Zwerg who was beaten mercilessly after arriving in Montgomery, Alabama, May 20, 1961. "The Road to the Promised Land" exhibit chronicling the U.S. Civil Rights movement is on display in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center through March 15. It includes this image of freedom rider James Zwerg who was beaten mercilessly after arriving in Montgomery, Alabama, May 20, 1961.
"The Road to the Promised Land" exhibit chronicling the U.S. Civil Rights movement is on display in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center through March 15. It includes this photo of Rosa Parks, right, after she was arrested Dec. 1955 for defying the custom of relinquishing her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. "The Road to the Promised Land" exhibit chronicling the U.S. Civil Rights movement is on display in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center through March 15. It includes this photo of Rosa Parks, right, after she was arrested Dec. 1955 for defying the custom of relinquishing her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus.
"The Road to the Promised Land" exhibit chronicling the U.S. Civil Rights movement is on display in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center through March 15. It includes this image of police response to a peaceful demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, during the Civil Rights movement. (Charles Moore/Elmwood Foundation) "The Road to the Promised Land" exhibit chronicling the U.S. Civil Rights movement is on display in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center through March 15. It includes this image of police response to a peaceful demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama, during the Civil Rights movement. (Charles Moore/Elmwood Foundation)

“The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement,” an exhibition of photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents and quotations by King and other movement leaders is open through March 15 in the gallery of the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center.

The exhibit illustrates the enduring significance of this chapter in American history by focusing on the people and events that made it possible, according to Sarah Polak, center director. The traveling exhibit is provided by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Polak said she is excited that faculty members Mary Donahue in the art department and Rich Kenney in social work have assigned students in some of their courses to visit the display.

“Collaborative efforts like this help strengthen the curriculum by providing interdisciplinary experiences and opportunities for students to reflect about a topic they might not explore as deeply otherwise,” Polak said

In addition to CSC students, children enrolled in the Chadron Public Schools after school program have also visited the display.

Polak has provided note paper so CSC students who see the exhibit can write and pin their own dreams to the north wall of the gallery.

Visitors to the exhibit are invited to also view selected titles from the permanent Sandoz Center collection related to the Civil Rights movement on display in the lobby.

Admission to the center is free and open to the public 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The Center is closed Sunday and college holidays. For more information, contact Sarah Polak, center director, at 308-432-6401.

—CSC College Relations

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