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Created Equal: Civil Rights Outreach @ Mississippi Academic Libraries

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This dynamic session will showcase how three universities in Mississippi promoted and participated in the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” grant. This film and discussion series is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s effort to continue the conversation about civil rights and equality in the United States. Participants will learn about the grant process, challenges and highlights from the events, and lessons learned through collaboration. In addition to the films and their follow-up discussions, the libraries offered supplemental programming and used social media to garner more publicity and generate more discussion for these events. We will discuss the in-person methods and media outlets used to keep the conversation about civil rights going on our respective campuses, and will discuss how outreach and social media factored in the evaluation of our efforts and the planning for future programming.

This dynamic session will showcase how three universities in Mississippi promoted and participated in the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” grant. This film and discussion series is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s effort to continue the conversation about civil rights and equality in the United States. Participants will learn about the grant process, challenges and highlights from the events, and lessons learned through collaboration. In addition to the films and their follow-up discussions, the libraries offered supplemental programming and used social media to garner more publicity and generate more discussion for these events. We will discuss the in-person methods and media outlets used to keep the conversation about civil rights going on our respective campuses, and will discuss how outreach and social media factored in the evaluation of our efforts and the planning for future programming.

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  1. 1. Created with Haiku Deck Sheeji Kathuria and Hillary Richardson Mississippi State University Libraries
  2. 2. MSU Libraries and African American Studies
  3. 3. Promotion
  4. 4. Assessment
  5. 5. Photo by rishibando - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License https://www.flickr.com/photos/27590002@N04 Created with Haiku Deck
  6. 6. Since Created Equal • Enhance our digital collections • AAS 3043, Modern Civil Rights Law class • Starkville Civil Rights project
  7. 7. •Freedom Summer Conference •Civil Rights Research @ MSU •MSU Libraries and African American Studies Relationship
  8. 8. Shugana Williams Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Photo by Village Square - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License https://www.flickr.com/photos/38971527@N04 Created with Haiku Deck
  9. 9. coastal connections www.blog.al.com www.usa.gov on flickr William Newell Collection Mississippi Digital Library National Geographic www.usa.gov on flickr www.usagov on flickr www.usa.gov on flickr
  10. 10. Created Equal Film Selections USM Gulf Coast
  11. 11. Slavery by Another Name spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist.
  12. 12. Our presenters Dr. Emily Clark Tulane University Dr. Kern Jackson University of South Alabama Dr. James Pat Smith Southern Miss
  13. 13. Changing America exhibition National Endowment for the Humanities American Library Association Public Programs Office Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture National Museum of American History
  14. 14. Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography - Creative Commons Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/40645538@N00 Created with Haiku Deck
  15. 15. Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography - Creative Commons Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/40645538@N00 Created with Haiku Deck
  16. 16. Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography - Creative Commons Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/40645538@N00 Created with Haiku Deck
  17. 17. Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography - Creative Commons Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/40645538@N00 Created with Haiku Deck
  18. 18. Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography - Creative Commons Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/40645538@N00 Created with Haiku Deck
  19. 19. Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography - Creative Commons Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/40645538@N00 Created with Haiku Deck
  20. 20. Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography - Creative Commons Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/40645538@N00 Created with Haiku Deck
  21. 21. Changing America public programs • History of the Seafood Industry by Dr. Deanne Nuwer, Southern Miss • Integrating the Military: African-Americans, Women, and Gays by Douglas Bristol, Southern Miss • African-American Genealogy Workshop by Anne Anderson and Joyce Griffith of the Ocean Springs Genealogical Society • Poetry Reading
  22. 22. publicity Changing America exhibition & Created Equal film series • University Communications • Mississippi Gulf Coast Tourism website • Mississippi Public Broadcast weekend announcements • Media Outlets: • Sun Herald Newspaper • Sea Coast Echo • Mississippi Public Broadcasting • WLOX • WXXV Fox
  23. 23. local partners Changing America exhibition & Created Equal film series • Southern Miss Gulf Coast Libraries • Evelyn Gandy Cultural Center • Long Beach Biloxi Library • Biloxi Public Library • College of Arts & Letters at Southern Miss • Student Government Association at Southern Miss Gulf Coast • Think Center at Southern Miss Gulf Coast
  24. 24. overview Changing America exhibition & Created Equal film series • Mistakes • Time • Other programs in the community • Lectures were held during the day • Relationship with faculty (E-mail doesn’t work) • Good stuff • Publicity • Conversations • Revealed local history
  25. 25. Melissa Dennis, University of Mississippi Libraries Photo by ensign_beedrill - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License https://www.flickr.com/photos/27914970@N04 Created with Haiku Deck
  26. 26. Photo by jenny downing - Creative Commons Attribution License https://www.flickr.com/photos/7941044@N06 Created with Haiku Deck
  27. 27. Local Partners Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation Center for the Study of Southern Culture
  28. 28. Photo by Stuck in Customs - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License https://www.flickr.com/photos/95572727@N00 Created with Haiku Deck
  29. 29. Freedom Summer
  30. 30. Learn more about Created Equal
  31. 31. Questions? Melissa Dennis mdennis@olemiss.edu Sheeji Kathuria skathuria@library.msstate.edu Hillary A. H. Richardson hrichardson@library.msstate.edu Shugana Williams shugana.williams@mgccc.edu

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