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Archived News Release from 2005

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“The Long Walk to Freedom” Civil Rights Exhibit Fascinates, Educates, & Impresses; Experience it at the Redwood City Public Library Through April 17th

Redwood City, CA - February 28 , 2005 - Overwhelming” ... "Awesome”…"Impressive”…”Incredible” – these are just a few of the words that visitors to the “Long Walk to Freedom” exhibit in Redwood City have used to describe this overview of our country’s civil rights struggle.

Filled with incredible detail, this large-scale public art and education project takes visitors through a chronological history of the struggle for equal rights and justice among African Americans and minorities in the United States. With a series of personal stories from 26 civil rights activists who changed the face of our nation, historical and contemporary photographic portraits, archival materials, rare historical photos, a graphic timeline, student writing, and video, this display is a truly inspiring look at a difficult part of our history; one which is still unfolding today.

This exhibit will be in place at the Redwood City Downtown Library through April 17th 2005. The Library is located at 1044 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. “The Long Walk to Freedom” exhibit was installed as part of Redwood City’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in January, and helps to bring Dr. King’s and others’ civil rights messages to a new generation, and to carry forward his legacy of seeking equality among all people.

As more and more people visit this display, it is making a strong impression on young and the old alike, on families, students, and everyone who experiences this dynamic and thought-provoking exhibit. “I was moved;” “I had no idea of the real history of the civil rights effort;” “This is a real eye-opener!” are among the exclamations overheard.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contacts:
Teri Chin, Human Services Manager
(650) 780-7510

Adilah Haqq
(650) 780-7315

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