Changing America:
The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863
and the March on Washington, 1963



A special exhibit at the Avon Library

with thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Library Association



Learn the story of Civil Rights in America from
November 1, 2014—December 17, 2014.

All events are free. First come, first seated.

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Tour our art gallery for a special exhibit, The Harlem Renaissance, “A Dream Deferred.” Sights, sounds, and icons from 1920’s African American culture in New York.  Bring your cell phone for a special audio tour!



Film Series, “Selling Race on Screen,” which explores the roles African Americans have played, and portrayed, on the Hollywood screen. Screening times are available here.


Monday 12/8, 6:30 pm. Television: A History Dr. Cindy White, CCSU Communication Department, will present a history of television, and explain why we love the box in our living room so much!

Tuesday 12/9, 7:00 pm, Boxing History, with a focus on Joe Louis, presented by Nigel Collins, editor of The Ring magazine 

Saturday, 12/13, 1:00 pm, An Audience with President Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant.  The separate path each man took during the Civil War & how their paths merged.  Presented by the Avon Historical Society. Held at the Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Rd.,  Avon CT



Saturday, 11/1, 1:00 pm Opening Ceremonies for “Changing America” exhibit!       Introductory remarks by Glenn Grube, Library Director. Special lecture, "A Road Unfinished: Emancipation to Civil Rights" by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, CCSU. Doors open at 12:30 pm.

Tuesday, 11/4, 7pm, History of Civil Rights Legislationwith Gary Garrison

Wednesday, 11/5, 4:15 pm,  special book discussion for children, led by Suzanne Lancaster.

Saturday, 11/8: 12:00 pm (NOON) Diamonds Shadows: The Lost History of African-American Baseball with Jim Gates, Cooperstown Hall of Fame in New York.


Monday, 11/10, 7pm, African Americans in Connecticut, book event and lecture with author Stacey Close.

Saturday, 11/15, 1pm, Selling Race on Screen,” a program to accompany Changing America Film Series presented by Dr. Karen Ritzenhoff, CCSU


Tuesday, 11/18, 7pm, World War II Trench Art & Souvenirswith Jim Genco, Avon Resident.

Saturday, 11/22, 1:00 pm, Tragic Tales of the 16th Connecticut, which served in the American Civil War.  Presented by John Banks, Avon resident and sponsored by the Avon Historical Society.

Monday, 12/1,  1:30 pm & 6:00 pm, Film Screening.  The FIGHT, a documentary on boxer Joe Lewis, NR, 90 minutes, part of the Changing America Film Series

Tuesday, 12/2, 7:00 pm, Kennedy & Civil Rights, presented by Philip A. Goduti, Jr.,   author event & lecture.

Wednesday, 12/3, 4:15 pm, special book discussion for children, led by Suzanne Lancaster.

Saturday, 12/6, 1:00 pm, author event and book signing with president pro tempore of the Connecticut State Senate, Donald E. Williams, author of Prudence Crandall's Legacy: The fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Saturday, 12/6, 3:30 pm,  History of the Apollo Theater in NYC with Billy Mitchell.  Known as “Mr. Apollo,” Billy will share the stories of fame and failure from his years at the theater, where he started as an errand boy. Sponsored by CT HUMANITIES.


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