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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Monday, 21 April 2014 12:26

Civil rights veteran Patti Miller will share her story of activism in the 1960s in her presentation Keeping History Alive: Freedom Summer Experience 1964 on Saturday, April 26th, 2:00 p.m. at the Moline Public Library.  This program is free and no registration is required.

Keeping History Alive is presented as part of the six-week series Created Equal and Changing America, which explores our nation’s civil rights history through film, exhibition, and presentations.  More information can be found online at molinelibrary.com/createdequal, by visiting the library at 3210 - 41st Street, or by calling 309-524-2470.

In 1964, Iowa native Patti Miller was a college student at Drake University when she became part of what would become known as Freedom Summer. Freedom Summer participants were recruited to go to Mississippi to register voters, convene Freedom Schools and work on community projects. Ms. Miller went on to work with Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Chicago as part of the Project to End Slums. She is featured in the PBS American Experience film Freedom Summer and is at work on her own film covering her experiences from that pivotal year.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Changing America is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Local support for Created Equal and Changing America has been provided by Friends of the Moline Public Library, WQPT, and The Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus/QCOnline.

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