Freedom Journey 1965 at Providence Public LIbrary

Freedom Journey 1965: A Photographic Journey into Civil Rights History

Roger Williams University and Providence Public Library will host photographer Stephen Somerstein on Wednesday, December 9

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freedom Journey 1965 photographer Stephen Somerstein will be at Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street) on Wednesday, December 9 (7:30 – 9 pm) to give his reflections from 50 years ago and participate in a panel discussion.  The panel includes: Somerstein, Clifford Montiero, former president of the Providence NAACP and a participant in the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, Multifaith Chaplain, Roger Williams University.  It will be moderated by Providence Journal columnist Edward Fitzpatrick.
 
Roger Williams University and Providence Public Library have collaborated to present Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March, a collection of striking images captured by Stephen Somerstein when he was a City College of New York student who traveled to Alabama to document the march. Organized by the New York Historical Society, this is the exhibition’s first stop on a national tour.  The exhibition will be at PPL through February 28.
 
A timely look back at a watershed moment in American history, Freedom Journey 1965 coincides with the commemoration of two landmark events – this year’s 50th anniversary of the march from Selma as well as the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery on Dec. 6, 1865. The exhibition marks the culmination of 150 Years Later: The 13th Amendment and Race in America, the university’s yearlong series to celebrate the monumental legislation and to reflect on the current state of race relations in America.
 
(release from Providence Public Library)