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Marching Toward Justice Exhibit Feb 14 - April 15

Marching Toward Justice Exhibit Feb 14 - April 15

2/8/2011
 

Judge Keith, a native of Detroit, is an alumnus of West Virginia State University ('43) who went on to study law at Howard University and Wayne State University. He has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977.

The exhibit brings to life stories about how people of African descent in North America and their advocates have struggled for justice. "Marching Toward Justice" begins in 1619 with the arrival of captive Africans in English colonial America and ends in 1957 with the admittance of nine African American Students to Central High in Little Rock Arkansas.

The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the struggle to make America a true democracy is the focus of the exhibit. The Fourteenth Amendment was added to the Constitution in 1868 but was not enforced for African Americans until the late twentieth century. The Amendment ultimately became the weapon of choice for African Americans and their allies in the struggle to attack the legal foundation of institutionalized racism and the concept of "separate but equal."

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday until April 15. Those who have large groups or who would like to visit at other times can call for an appointment 304 -766 -3188.

 

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