Thursday, October 08, 2009

Exhibit Opening Today!

Join us today, October 8th, between 3:00-6:00 PM for the informal opening and reception of two new exhibits at the Russell Library: Measuring Deliberate Speed: Georgians Face School Desegregation and With All Deliberate Speed: The AP in Little Rock.

More on these exhibits...

Measuring Deliberate Speed: Georgians Face School Desegregation is the culmination of a year of research and planning by staff at the Russell Library. The exhibit was created to showcase materials from the collections that illuminate and explain the tactics, rhetoric, and reactions of Georgians to federal school desegregation mandates. Using text panels, artifacts, and selected audio and film clips, the display examines the landmark federal and state legal decisions that led to the desegregation of public schools in Georgia between 1950 and 1961.

With All Deliberate Speed: The AP in Little Rock, created by the Associated Press Corporate Archives, serves as a companion exhibit that explores how the news agency prepared for and covered Little Rock and its reverberations throughout the South. The AP had never faced a more difficult test of its mission to serve all members equally with objective, timely reporting than it did covering desegregation in Little Rock. Using news clippings, photographs, and correspondence, this exhibit captures a moment in time and demonstrates the legacy this event created for journalists everywhere.

The opening event is free and open to all; light refreshments will be served. Exhibit curators Jill Severn and Jan Levinson will be on hand to answer questions and provide tours of the gallery upon request. For additional information on these exhibits, please visit, The Russell Library is located on the West side of the Main Library on the University of Georgia campus. For directions and parking information, please visit or call 706-542-5788.

Post by Jan Levinson, Assistant Outreach Archivist, Russell Library

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