Franklin College exhibit will discuss civil rights history

Franklin College is hosting an exhibit on civil rights history this spring and will present other opportunities to learn about major moments in American social history and current events.

The traveling exhibit “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” will be open starting Friday, through May 3 in the Richardson Chapel.

Related programming will include a lecture at 7 p.m. April 6 and poetry readings at 7 p.m. April 27, both in the Branigin Room in the Napolitan Student Center.

Franklin College is one of 50 sites, and the only in Indiana, to receive the “Changing America” grant, which was awarded in 2014, according to a statement.

In addition to showcasing key moments in history, it also highlights the work of other social movements in the country.

In correlation with the exhibit, the lecture, titled “Black Lives Matter, Democracy and Economic Justice: Reflections on the Long Black Freedom Movement in the United States” will feature Barbara Ransby, Ph.D., as the final speaker of the college’s annual convocational lecture series.

Ransby is a professor of history, African-American studies, and gender and women’s studies and is also vice provost for planning and programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The poetry readings will be made by Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah. May is the author of “Hum” and “The Big Book of Exit Strategies” and has been awarded a Spirit of Detroit Award, the Wood Prize from Poetry and an Indiana Review Prize.

Faizullah is the author of “Seam” and had been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Ploughshares Cohen Award and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize.

Admission to the exhibit and related programming is free and open to the public.