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Conversation: Selma in Retrospect – The 50th Anniversary of a Monumental Civil Rights Moment

March 25, 2015 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Selma in Retrospect – The 50th Anniversary of a Monumental Civil Rights Moment

Selma, Alabama in spring 1965 was the hotbed of heart-wrenching events that unfolded during a series of civil rights marches in the city.  This program celebrates the 50-year anniversary of these marches.  Through documentary video footage, music, and oration, revisit an historical time of atrocity and triumph in America as an estimated 25,000 people gathered at the state capitol building in Montgomery to hear Dr. Martin L. King, Jr’s speech “How Long, Not Long”.

Visitors will view Alabama native and artist Barbara Pennington’s powerful work Selma, inspired by the events of that time.  The program will also include:

Voter Registration from 4:30-6:15 pm

Curator’s Presentation of  “Selma” by artist Barbara Pennington

Oration of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr’s Alabama speech

Negro Spirituals by Local Vocalist and Choir

Local Artists Respond to work “Selma”

Read more about the Mint’s acquisition of Pennington’s mural here.


Barbara Pennington (American, 1932—2013) . Selma, 1965, oil on canvas. Museum purchase with funds provided by Peggy and Bob Culbertson, the Romare Bearden Society, Sally and Russell Robinson, Mary Lou and Jim Babb, and a gift of the Moreland Family. 2014.79. Collection of The Mint Museum. Image © Mint Museum of Art, Inc.


March 25, 2015
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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