Exhibit honors Civil Rights heroes


The eerie silence within the LSC Art Gallery echoes the seriousness of the exhibit. The photographs displayed remind any observer of the hardships that African-Americans have endured.The exhibit, titled A Journey From the Underground Railroad: A Black History Art Exhibit, is co-sponsored by the Program Council and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Services. “We would like students to reflect on the past events that have occurred in the African-American community,” Laurie Orlando, representative for the Program Council.The faces of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. are among those that grace the walls of the gallery. Thesepictures bring history to life as a student, like myself, gazes at each one.History has been brought to life as each picture silently describes the importance of the people within them. Along the wall of windows in the gallery, three songs, which include The Gospel Train, Swing Low Sweet Chariot and Wade in the Water, encapsulate the feelings during the Civil Rights Movement.A new generation, young, educated but lacking personal experience with these events, can appreciate the sacrifices and contributions groups such as the N.A.A.C.P. and leaders like Martin Luther King have made to equalize their race and their country.Events, such as the Little Rock Nine and the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 signify pivotal movements in the fight for justice and equality.”We hope that [students] see how far the African-American community has come since these events,” Orlando said.The gallery, which opened on Monday, Feb. 4, will continue through Friday, Feb. 15 from 8:00 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the Program Council office at (936) 294-1763 or the Office of M.I.S.S. at (936) 294-3588.

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