"Know Civil Rights" in January at Your Library

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  12/11/2017

In January we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Though the holiday was observed for the first time in 1986, it wasn’t until 2000 that it was officially observed by all 50 states. This January Deschutes Public Library will look at Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as well America’s pursuit for civil rights across race, gender, and cultures. Hear from presenters on the passing of the 14th and 19th Amendments, explore the role of sports and art in protest, trace the progression of LGBTQ rights, and more. All programs are free and open to the public; registration required for programs noted with an asterisk (*).


Race, Gender, and the Right to Vote

How does the intersection of race and gender impact civil right movements? In 1868, the 14th Amendment extended the right to vote to African American men—to the exclusion of all women. This talk will explore what was at stake with the right to vote, how the 14th Amendment affected the suffrage movement, and the role of race and gender in American politics today. Presented by local historian Michelle Seiler Godfrey.


The Power and Partnership of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X

Two of the most important voices in social change during the twentieth century, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, galvanized the country through their speaking, leadership, and visions of the future. Perhaps no one inspired mainstream Americans more than King—and no one frightened them more than X. But what the two of them accomplished was far more than the sum of their individual parts. This program will look at the ideas and actions of these two figures, as well as the compelling dynamic created by the two of them, and the sea change they helped inspire.


Film Screening: Selma

Screen Selma, the 2014 American historical drama based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. Admission is free, but seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Snacks and beverages available for sale.


Sports and Protest

COCC history professor Murray Godfrey discusses the relationship between sports, protest and civil rights in American history. Many spectators look to sports as an escape from the world, a time to forget controversies in society. However, sports have often reflected society’s tensions and movements, reflecting both the conflicts present in the country, but also its triumphs. In many instances, athletes have been on the forefront of societal change, pressing society to change with them.


Songs of Protest

S?ome took to the streets. ??Some took to the ballot box. ?Some took to song.? ?Learn about and hear ?many inspiring songs of protest ?and civil rights ?in an enlightening and thoughtful presentation by local radio host and music historian, Mike Ficher.


Propaganda Posters*

Join us for this unique workshop run by internationally recognized artist, illustrator, designer and professor Ian Factor. We will explore the ideas and construction, conceptually and technically, of propaganda poster illustration and design. We will then take those concepts and techniques and produce our own posters utilizing today’s issues as subject matter. The Library will supply basic pencils, pens, colored pencils and 18" x 24" drawing paper. Space is limited and registration is required. Register online at the link below.


Protests: Catalysts for Change

From Stonewall to the Women’s March, hear about the protests that have led to change as Community Librarian Nate Pedersen explores protests that have shaped our history. Nate is a librarian, historian and writer. He is the co-author of the recently published Quackery: The Worst Ways to Cure Everything and lectures frequently on historical topics around the state.


Civil Rights and LGBTQ Writers

COCC English professor Chris Rubio highlights key LGBTQ writers and their impact on the civil rights movements and literature. Writers have played an important role in advancing the civil rights of the LGBTQ community. Learn about some of the key LGBTQ writers and their notable works as we continue our discussion of civil rights.


Film Screening: Milk

Directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk and Josh Brolin as Dan White, Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Admission is free, but seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Snacks and beverages available for sale.


Finding Community at the Gay Rodeo

Meet the director and main subject of Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo. The documentary chronicles a complete season of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). Roping and riding across North America, the IGRA’s cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals at the end of the season. Along the way, they’ll bust every stereotype in the book.


For more information about these programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz Goodrich at or 541-312-1032.


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