Living through Civil Rights History at the Moline Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:33

The Moline Public Library welcomes Dr. Paul Bushnell, as he delivers the Created Equal and Changing America keynote address Still Moving: The 1960s Civil Rights Movement and Living History on Tuesday, April 1st at 6:30 p.m.  This event is free and no registration is required.  More information can be found online at, by visiting the library at 3210 41st Street, or by calling 309-524-2470.

In his address, Dr. Bushnell will discuss his experiences as a Vanderbilt University graduate student in the sixties, including sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee and his meeting with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. at the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in North Carolina.

Dr. Paul Bushnell, Professor Emeritus, recently retired after 47 years of teaching history at Illinois Wesleyan University, including time spent as the Department Chair.  At Illinois Wesleyan, he taught one of the first African-American history courses in the country.  Dr. Bushnell has presented at numerous conferences, as well as presenting to various campus and community groups.  In January 2014, he was awarded the Bloomington-Normal Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Relations Award.

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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