Join us this winter for a 3-part series at the library to share stories of the Civil Rights movement in America.  Each part will focus on a different leader in the White House during the 1960s: Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson. We’ll hear from USS Silversides Submarine Museum Curator Margaret Hennelly-Maniates and Muskegon Community College history instructors Kurt Troutman and George Maniates.

  • Tuesday, January 17 at 7pm: The Right to Protest for Right
    • Kurt Troutman will focus on the Selma March and other events leading up to President Johnson’s championing of the Voting Rights Act.
  • Tuesday, February 21 at 7pm: A Catalyst for Change
    • Margaret Hennelly-Maniates will discuss how President Kennedy, a man born into wealth and privilege, became a champion of human rights and civil rights.
  • Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm: Whistle Stop Tour for Civil Rights
    • George Maniates will look at Lady Bird Johnson’s groundbreaking whistle-stop tour through the Deep South during the last month of the 1964 election.

The Civil Rights movement peaked almost 50 years ago, but the lessons and progress made are still very important today.  Spend this winter learning a little more about some of the residents of the White House “dedicated to the proposition that all are created equal.”