NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM LAUNCHES NEW EXHIBIT ON WOMEN IN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Washington, DC – As we celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the United States this month, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) announces a new exhibit for its online visitors. In partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, NWHM launches a specially curated digital exhibit that highlights the significant role and contributions of women in the Civil Rights Movement. The new exhibit, “Standing Up for Change: African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement” spotlights the rich and vibrant voice of black women leaders in the movement.
NWHM launched its newest exhibit on the Google Cultural Institute to highlight the role of women as the backbone to several successful campaigns and grassroots organizing during the 50s and 60s. The exhibit spotlights black women and their leadership in the efforts to dismantle Jim Crow laws and challenge injustice. In many cases, the women transitioned their work in post-Civil War reform movements, like the suffrage and abolition campaigns, to the Civil Rights Movement.
“We know that women’s role in American history is often omitted or largely ignored. This exhibit is a celebration and reminder of the essential role that women played in one of our country’s most successful reform movements,” said Museum CEO and President Joan B. Wages.
The National Women’s History Museum is committed to illuminating female role models, celebrated and unknown, to help overcome today’s pervasive gender gap and integrate women’s distinctive history into our daily culture. From Sojourner Truth’s efforts in the early 19th Century to the work of women like Mary Church Terrell, Mary McLeod Bethune and lesser known figures like Daisy Bates and Ruby Hurley, the Civil Rights Movement benefitted from the dedicated and thoughtful leadership of numerous women – although many did not hold positions in many of the dominant civil rights organizations of the time.
To view the exhibit, visit https://www.nwhm.org/online-exhibits/civilrights/index.html.
About the National Women’s History Museum
Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM, Inc.) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the general public about the diverse historic contributions of women and raising awareness about the critical need for a national women’s history museum in our nation’s capital. Currently located online at www.nwhm.org, the Museum’s goal is to build a world-class, permanent museum on or near the National Mall that will herald and display the collective history of American women. A Congressional Commission has been established that is charged with producing a feasible plan, which would include the governance, fundraising, location and organizational structure of the museum. For additional information visit NWHM.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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