RI Black Heritage Society Seeks Civil Rights Stories

1963 The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society reminds us that 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s momentous “I Have a Dream” speech. Similarly, five decades have passed since the Birmingham campaign and King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and they want to hear from local residents who may have personal stories from their experiences during the civil rights movement.

The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is seeking to identify people from Rhode Island and Massachusetts who participated in the 1963 March on Washington or other events of the civil-rights movement and are willing to tell their stories. We will be mounting an exhibit and recording oral histories. The sharing of personal experiences will bring life to this monumental occasion.

The Society is seeking information from people who were active during that period or who knew individuals that were involved. Please send contact information, email address and/or the names of those who participated to riblackheritagesociety@gmail.com.

Further, January 1st will signify not only a new year, but also the sesquicentennial of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln.

(Seen here: March on Washington, August 28, 1963, photo from the National Archives.)

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