The nonprofit organization Liberty ’64 has planned a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. A partial schedule follows:
- A photo and video exhibit, “Through the Civil Rights Lens,” will be on display from June 28 through July 27 at the National Park Service visitor information center in Dutch Alley, 419 Decatur St., New Orleans.
- Churches across New Orleans will remember the struggles and sacrifices of the faith-based community during Civil Rights Sunday on June 29.
- A bell-ringing ceremony will be held at noon Wednesday, July 2, at the Louisiana Supreme Court entrance at 400 Royal St., New Orleans, to mark the actual anniversary of the signing.
- A series of five panel discussions are planned. “The Music of the Movement: Panel and Performance” will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. The free event will begin with a panel discussion involving Jackie Harris, Lois Dejean and Dorothy Smith. The talk will be followed by a performance by the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Freedom Singers. Spirituals to be performed include “Oh, Freedom,” “Many Thousan’ Gone,” “My Mind Stayed on Freedom,” “Run Mary Run,” “Same Train,” and “Slavery Chain Done Broke at Last.”
The other four panel discussions will take place at WWL-TV and will be aired online and on Cox Channel 8 through the Orleans Parish School Board. Limited seating is available for the WWL panel discussions. Those discussions will be “The Freedom Riders,” with Norman Francis and Judge Edwin Lombard; “The Significance of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” with Raphael Cassimere, the Rev. “Skip” Alexander and Barbara Trevigne; “The Role of Women in New Orleans’ Civil Rights Movement,” with Judge Joan Armstrong, Sybil Morial and Gail Glapion; and “Changing the Conversation on Civil Rights,” with Audry Stewart, ACLU; Mary Griggs, Forum for Equality; and Rafael Saddy, Hispanic community leader.
For information on the events, call Danae Columbus or Dionne Butler at (504) 453-0523.