Statewide Calendar of Events

Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement fundamentally changed the culture and laws of the United States. The southern states, in particular, were battlegrounds in the struggle to end discrimination against African-Americans. What is not as well known, is that Florida and its citizens were prominent in that struggle.

This calendar highlights the statewide effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

July

  • February 28, 2014 through November 2, 2014 • Jacksonville
    A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204

This exhibit, organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, is composed of 22 photographic images captured over the course of the Civil Rights Movement, from 1956-1968. These photographs were taken by various contemporary photographers, including Bob Adelman, Danny Lyon, James Karales, and Steve Schapiro. The High Museum of Art holds one of the most significant collections of photographs of the civil rights movement. The twenty-two works that will be on display in the exhibition are only a small fraction of The High’s collection, which includes more than 250 photographs that document the social protest movement, from Rosa Parks’ arrest to the Freedom Rides to the 1963 march on Washington, DC.

For more information: http://www.cummer.org/commemoration-civil-rights-movement

  • June 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014 • Tallahassee
    Truth and Triumph: The Civil Rights Movement in Florida, 1954-1964 Exhibit

R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The State Archives of Florida is producing a panel exhibit that explores the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee from 1954 until the passage of the Civil Right Act in 1964. Titled Truth and Triumph, the exhibit is in collaboration with the Museum of Florida History. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act 1964, the exhibit opens June 15, 2014 extends through December 31, 2014 in the lobby of the R. A. Gray Building..

  • July 1, 2014 • Tallahassee
    Equal Educational Opportunity Panel

John G. Riley House & Museum
419 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

John G. Riley Center/Museum Commemorates the 50-Year Anniversary of the Signing of the 1964 National Civil Rights Act

TALLAHASSEE – On Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, the John G. Riley Center/Museum will be hosting an Equal Educational Opportunity panel discussion in commemoration of the 50-Year Anniversary of the July 2, 1964 signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The engaging discussion will feature representatives from the Leon County Schools, FSU College of Law, current and former educators as well as those persons personally impacted by the 1954 Supreme Court, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, a ruling that many believe launched the modern civil rights movement.

In many ways, the drive to end segregated education and to put African American and white children in the same classrooms was the most radical and potentially far-reaching aspect of the civil rights movement. Such change was meant to alter the attitudes and socialization of children – beginning at the youngest ages – as well as end the inequality inherent in all "separate but equal" facilities, whether they were drinking fountains, public accommodations or the schools, according to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Coalition, a national civil and human rights think-tank.

Admission is free to the public and promises to be a lively and very informative dialogue. This is a great way to gain insight on the current state of educational equality as well as a historic celebration of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision. May 17th marked the 60-year Anniversary of that historic Supreme Court ruling.

Tours of the Riley Museum's nationally acclaimed They Led the Way exhibit, which chronicles the first 8 students to integrate Leon County Schools in 1963, will also be available from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be held in the John G. Riley Museum's new Visitors Center annex, located at 419 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301.

The John G. Riley Center/Museum is open six days a week for individual/small group tours. Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

For more information on this event or the museum's current exhibits and living history presentations, please contact the Riley Museum staff at (850) 681-7881 or email info@rileymuseum.org.

  • July 2, 2014 • Jacksonville
    Remembering Freedom Summer: A Conversation with Charles E. Cobb, Jr. and Rodney L. Hurst

Ritz Theatre and Museum
829 N. Davis Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Ritz Theatre and Museum Presents

Remembering Freedom Summer:
A Conversation with Charles E. Cobb, Jr. and Rodney L. Hurst

On the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, two long time activists and authors share stories from the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.

Charles E. Cobb, Jr. is a former National Geographic magazine staff writer and a former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and has also served as a Visiting Professor in Brown University’s Department of Africana Studies. Now living in Jacksonville, Florida, Cobb is a veteran journalist, an inductee of the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame, and his reporting has won multiple awards. In his newly released book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, Cobb reveals how nonviolent activists and their allies kept the civil rights movement alive by bearing—and, when necessary, using—firearms.

Rodney L. Hurst joined the Jacksonville Youth Council of the NAACP at age eleven and has been an activist for equality and accountability ever since. Hurst’s book, It was never about a hot dog and a Coke, released in January, 2008, is subtitled “A Personal Account of the 1960 Sit-in Demonstrations in Jacksonville, Florida and Ax Handle Saturday” and recounts the events leading up to and the fallout from the bloody events of August 27, 1960. In the following years Jacksonville’s young freedom fighters were part of a tidal wave of protest and unrest that swept throughout the south, resulting in the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

Join these dynamic historians and captivating storytellers for lunch and reflections on this pivotal moment in history.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street, 904-807-2012

August

  • February 28, 2014 through November 2, 2014 • Jacksonville
    A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204

This exhibit, organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, is composed of 22 photographic images captured over the course of the Civil Rights Movement, from 1956-1968. These photographs were taken by various contemporary photographers, including Bob Adelman, Danny Lyon, James Karales, and Steve Schapiro. The High Museum of Art holds one of the most significant collections of photographs of the civil rights movement. The twenty-two works that will be on display in the exhibition are only a small fraction of The High’s collection, which includes more than 250 photographs that document the social protest movement, from Rosa Parks’ arrest to the Freedom Rides to the 1963 march on Washington, DC.

For more information: http://www.cummer.org/commemoration-civil-rights-movement

  • June 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014 • Tallahassee
    Truth and Triumph: The Civil Rights Movement in Florida, 1954-1964 Exhibit

R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The State Archives of Florida is producing a panel exhibit that explores the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee from 1954 until the passage of the Civil Right Act in 1964. Titled Truth and Triumph, the exhibit is in collaboration with the Museum of Florida History. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act 1964, the exhibit opens June 15, 2014 extends through December 31, 2014 in the lobby of the R. A. Gray Building..

September

  • February 28, 2014 through November 2, 2014 • Jacksonville
    A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204

This exhibit, organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, is composed of 22 photographic images captured over the course of the Civil Rights Movement, from 1956-1968. These photographs were taken by various contemporary photographers, including Bob Adelman, Danny Lyon, James Karales, and Steve Schapiro. The High Museum of Art holds one of the most significant collections of photographs of the civil rights movement. The twenty-two works that will be on display in the exhibition are only a small fraction of The High’s collection, which includes more than 250 photographs that document the social protest movement, from Rosa Parks’ arrest to the Freedom Rides to the 1963 march on Washington, DC.

For more information: http://www.cummer.org/commemoration-civil-rights-movement

  • June 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014 • Tallahassee
    Truth and Triumph: The Civil Rights Movement in Florida, 1954-1964 Exhibit

R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The State Archives of Florida is producing a panel exhibit that explores the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee from 1954 until the passage of the Civil Right Act in 1964. Titled Truth and Triumph, the exhibit is in collaboration with the Museum of Florida History. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act 1964, the exhibit opens June 15, 2014 extends through December 31, 2014 in the lobby of the R. A. Gray Building..

October

  • February 28, 2014 through November 2, 2014 • Jacksonville
    A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204

This exhibit, organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, is composed of 22 photographic images captured over the course of the Civil Rights Movement, from 1956-1968. These photographs were taken by various contemporary photographers, including Bob Adelman, Danny Lyon, James Karales, and Steve Schapiro. The High Museum of Art holds one of the most significant collections of photographs of the civil rights movement. The twenty-two works that will be on display in the exhibition are only a small fraction of The High’s collection, which includes more than 250 photographs that document the social protest movement, from Rosa Parks’ arrest to the Freedom Rides to the 1963 march on Washington, DC.

For more information: http://www.cummer.org/commemoration-civil-rights-movement

  • June 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014 • Tallahassee
    Truth and Triumph: The Civil Rights Movement in Florida, 1954-1964 Exhibit

R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The State Archives of Florida is producing a panel exhibit that explores the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee from 1954 until the passage of the Civil Right Act in 1964. Titled Truth and Triumph, the exhibit is in collaboration with the Museum of Florida History. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act 1964, the exhibit opens June 15, 2014 extends through December 31, 2014 in the lobby of the R. A. Gray Building..

November

  • June 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014 • Tallahassee
    Truth and Triumph: The Civil Rights Movement in Florida, 1954-1964 Exhibit

R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The State Archives of Florida is producing a panel exhibit that explores the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee from 1954 until the passage of the Civil Right Act in 1964. Titled Truth and Triumph, the exhibit is in collaboration with the Museum of Florida History. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act 1964, the exhibit opens June 15, 2014 extends through December 31, 2014 in the lobby of the R. A. Gray Building..

  • November 7, 2014 through April, 5 2015 • Tallahassee
    Civil Rights in the Sunshine State Exhibit

Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Museum of Florida History is producing a full-scale temporary exhibit titled Civil Rights in the Sunshine State that focuses on the Civil Rights Movement throughout Florida. These two exhibits and the associated programming will promote a greater understanding of Florida's role in the Civil Rights Movement, including prominent individuals, events, and places that contributed to the national narrative on the struggle for civil rights. Civil Rights in the Sunshine State will be on view in the Museum's Main Gallery from November 7, 2014 through April 5, 2015.

December

  • June 15, 2014 through December 31, 2014 • Tallahassee
    Truth and Triumph: The Civil Rights Movement in Florida, 1954-1964 Exhibit

R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The State Archives of Florida is producing a panel exhibit that explores the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee from 1954 until the passage of the Civil Right Act in 1964. Titled Truth and Triumph, the exhibit is in collaboration with the Museum of Florida History. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act 1964, the exhibit opens June 15, 2014 extends through December 31, 2014 in the lobby of the R. A. Gray Building..

  • November 7, 2014 through April, 5 2015 • Tallahassee
    Civil Rights in the Sunshine State Exhibit

Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Museum of Florida History is producing a full-scale temporary exhibit titled Civil Rights in the Sunshine State that focuses on the Civil Rights Movement throughout Florida. These two exhibits and the associated programming will promote a greater understanding of Florida's role in the Civil Rights Movement, including prominent individuals, events, and places that contributed to the national narrative on the struggle for civil rights. Civil Rights in the Sunshine State will be on view in the Museum's Main Gallery from November 7, 2014 through April 5, 2015.

January

  • November 7, 2014 through April, 5 2015 • Tallahassee
    Civil Rights in the Sunshine State Exhibit

Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Museum of Florida History is producing a full-scale temporary exhibit titled Civil Rights in the Sunshine State that focuses on the Civil Rights Movement throughout Florida. These two exhibits and the associated programming will promote a greater understanding of Florida's role in the Civil Rights Movement, including prominent individuals, events, and places that contributed to the national narrative on the struggle for civil rights. Civil Rights in the Sunshine State will be on view in the Museum's Main Gallery from November 7, 2014 through April 5, 2015.

February

  • November 7, 2014 through April, 5 2015 • Tallahassee
    Civil Rights in the Sunshine State Exhibit

Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Museum of Florida History is producing a full-scale temporary exhibit titled Civil Rights in the Sunshine State that focuses on the Civil Rights Movement throughout Florida. These two exhibits and the associated programming will promote a greater understanding of Florida's role in the Civil Rights Movement, including prominent individuals, events, and places that contributed to the national narrative on the struggle for civil rights. Civil Rights in the Sunshine State will be on view in the Museum's Main Gallery from November 7, 2014 through April 5, 2015.

March

  • November 7, 2014 through April, 5 2015 • Tallahassee
    Civil Rights in the Sunshine State Exhibit

Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Museum of Florida History is producing a full-scale temporary exhibit titled Civil Rights in the Sunshine State that focuses on the Civil Rights Movement throughout Florida. These two exhibits and the associated programming will promote a greater understanding of Florida's role in the Civil Rights Movement, including prominent individuals, events, and places that contributed to the national narrative on the struggle for civil rights. Civil Rights in the Sunshine State will be on view in the Museum's Main Gallery from November 7, 2014 through April 5, 2015.

April

  • November 7, 2014 through April, 5 2015 • Tallahassee
    Civil Rights in the Sunshine State Exhibit

Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Museum of Florida History is producing a full-scale temporary exhibit titled Civil Rights in the Sunshine State that focuses on the Civil Rights Movement throughout Florida. These two exhibits and the associated programming will promote a greater understanding of Florida's role in the Civil Rights Movement, including prominent individuals, events, and places that contributed to the national narrative on the struggle for civil rights. Civil Rights in the Sunshine State will be on view in the Museum's Main Gallery from November 7, 2014 through April 5, 2015.

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Northwest Florida

  • June 15, 2014 through December 21, 2014 • Tallahassee
    Truth and Triumph: The Civil Rights Movement in Florida, 1954-1964 Exhibit

Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The State Archives of Florida is producing a panel exhibit that explores the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee from 1954 until the passage of the Civil Right Act in 1964. Titled Truth and Triumph, the exhibit is in collaboration with the Museum of Florida History. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act 1964, the exhibit opens June 15, 2014 extends through December 31, 2014 in the lobby of the R. A. Gray Building..

  • July 1, 2014 • Tallahassee
    Equal Educational Opportunity Panel

John G. Riley House & Museum
419 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

John G. Riley Center/Museum Commemorates the 50-Year Anniversary of the Signing of the 1964 National Civil Rights Act

TALLAHASSEE – On Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, the John G. Riley Center/Museum will be hosting an Equal Educational Opportunity panel discussion in commemoration of the 50-Year Anniversary of the July 2, 1964 signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The engaging discussion will feature representatives from the Leon County Schools, FSU College of Law, current and former educators as well as those persons personally impacted by the 1954 Supreme Court, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, a ruling that many believe launched the modern civil rights movement.

In many ways, the drive to end segregated education and to put African American and white children in the same classrooms was the most radical and potentially far-reaching aspect of the civil rights movement. Such change was meant to alter the attitudes and socialization of children – beginning at the youngest ages – as well as end the inequality inherent in all "separate but equal" facilities, whether they were drinking fountains, public accommodations or the schools, according to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Coalition, a national civil and human rights think-tank.

Admission is free to the public and promises to be a lively and very informative dialogue. This is a great way to gain insight on the current state of educational equality as well as a historic celebration of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision. May 17th marked the 60-year Anniversary of that historic Supreme Court ruling.

Tours of the Riley Museum's nationally acclaimed They Led the Way exhibit, which chronicles the first 8 students to integrate Leon County Schools in 1963, will also be available from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The panel discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be held in the John G. Riley Museum's new Visitors Center annex, located at 419 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301.

The John G. Riley Center/Museum is open six days a week for individual/small group tours. Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

For more information on this event or the museum's current exhibits and living history presentations, please contact the Riley Museum staff at (850) 681-7881 or email info@rileymuseum.org.

  • November 7, 2014 through April, 5 2015 • Tallahassee
    Civil Rights in the Sunshine State Exhibit

Museum of Florida History
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

The Museum of Florida History is producing a full-scale temporary exhibit titled Civil Rights in the Sunshine State that focuses on the Civil Rights Movement throughout Florida. These two exhibits and the associated programming will promote a greater understanding of Florida's role in the Civil Rights Movement, including prominent individuals, events, and places that contributed to the national narrative on the struggle for civil rights. Civil Rights in the Sunshine State will be on view in the Museum's Main Gallery from November 7, 2014 through April 5, 2015.

Northeast Florida

  • January 20, 2014 through July 15, 2014 • St. Augustine
    Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience

Visitor Information Center
10 W. Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

The signature exhibition showcases the important role African-Americans played in the historical and cultural development of America. This state-of-the-art exhibition features authentic objects, original documents, powerful photographs and interactive elements that depict the journey African-Americans experienced from our country's beginnings until today. The exhibition anchors a citywide passport program that connects visitors, residents and students to important African-American historical sites, exhibitions and programs throughout St. Augustine and St. Johns County.

For more information about the exhibition: http://staugustine-450.com/journey/

  • February 28, 2014 through November 2, 2014 • Jacksonville
    A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
829 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32204

This exhibit, organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, is composed of 22 photographic images captured over the course of the Civil Rights Movement, from 1956-1968. These photographs were taken by various contemporary photographers, including Bob Adelman, Danny Lyon, James Karales, and Steve Schapiro. The High Museum of Art holds one of the most significant collections of photographs of the civil rights movement. The twenty-two works that will be on display in the exhibition are only a small fraction of The High’s collection, which includes more than 250 photographs that document the social protest movement, from Rosa Parks’ arrest to the Freedom Rides to the 1963 march on Washington, DC.

For more information: http://www.cummer.org/commemoration-civil-rights-movement

  • July 2, 2014 • Jacksonville
    Remembering Freedom Summer: A Conversation with Charles E. Cobb, Jr. and Rodney L. Hurst

Ritz Theatre and Museum
829 N. Davis Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Ritz Theatre and Museum Presents

Remembering Freedom Summer:
A Conversation with Charles E. Cobb, Jr. and Rodney L. Hurst

On the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, two long time activists and authors share stories from the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.

Charles E. Cobb, Jr. is a former National Geographic magazine staff writer and a former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and has also served as a Visiting Professor in Brown University’s Department of Africana Studies. Now living in Jacksonville, Florida, Cobb is a veteran journalist, an inductee of the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame, and his reporting has won multiple awards. In his newly released book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, Cobb reveals how nonviolent activists and their allies kept the civil rights movement alive by bearing—and, when necessary, using—firearms.

Rodney L. Hurst joined the Jacksonville Youth Council of the NAACP at age eleven and has been an activist for equality and accountability ever since. Hurst’s book, It was never about a hot dog and a Coke, released in January, 2008, is subtitled “A Personal Account of the 1960 Sit-in Demonstrations in Jacksonville, Florida and Ax Handle Saturday” and recounts the events leading up to and the fallout from the bloody events of August 27, 1960. In the following years Jacksonville’s young freedom fighters were part of a tidal wave of protest and unrest that swept throughout the south, resulting in the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

Join these dynamic historians and captivating storytellers for lunch and reflections on this pivotal moment in history.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street, 904-807-2012

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State Library and Archives of Florida
500 S. Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
850.245.6700

Southwest Florida

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State Library and Archives of Florida
500 S. Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
850.245.6700

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State Library and Archives of Florida
500 S. Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
850.245.6700