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Oklahoma Chautauqua - Altus

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Chautauqua brings history to life through dramatic monologues, workshops, and informal discussions.  Southern Prairie Library System presents “Lift Every Voice: 60 Years Since the Civil Rights Act which explores the enduring significance of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The week-long event highlights five individuals who understood that the Act was critical to ending the segregation of two highly unequal societies in America.

The five historical figures are Thurgood Marshall, legal counsel on some of the most important civil rights cases in American history; Coretta Scott King, whose activism complemented and influenced her husband’s political work; Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, who showed the South that the end of segregation and Jim Crow laws would improve their region economically and ease it into the modern world; Earl Warren, who as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court presided over a major liberal shift in American constitutional jurisprudence; and Rosa Parks, often called “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” who was an ordinary person who did extraordinary things.

Morning workshops take place at 11:00 a.m. at Altus Public Library.

Afternoon workshops take place at 2:00 p.m. at Museum of the Western Prairie.

Evening performances take place at 7:00 p.m. at Western Oklahoma State College.

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