Program examines civil rights movement, aftermath

The first lecture will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Ekstrom Library

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 1965, file photo U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson sits at his desk on Liberty Island in New York Harbor as he signs a new immigration bill. (AP Photo/stf, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The University of Louisville is launching a five-year program to celebrate the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

The program called "Project Progress" will include lectures, exhibits and other programming to examine the aftermath of the movement, spanning from the Mongtomery bus boycotts of 1963 to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968.

The Department of Pan African Studies and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs are sponsoring the program. "Project Progress" is being launched at 5 p.m. EDT Monday with a reception at the University Club on Belknap Campus.

The first lecture will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium and is titled, "Before Birmingham and Beyond Trayvon: America's War of Terror."


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