University museum and cultural center to debut civil rights exhibit for Black History Month
The University Museum and Cultural Center (UMCC) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will debut a new exhibit entitled “Rooted in Change” in observance of Black History Month. The free, public, exhibit will be on display the entire month of February.
From establishing one of the first offices in the Williams Building to integrating Woolworth and the former Main Street McDonald’s, The Pine Bluff Movement, in conjunction with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), challenged the community to accept the dismantling of Jim Crow in Arkansas. Through oral histories, historical photographs, and thoughtful design, the exhibition displays how the grassroots efforts of SNCC inspired a small group of community activists who promoted “sit-ins,” voter registration programs and fought for equality amidst the segregated South.
The only national civil rights organization led by young activists comprised of high school and college students, SNCC (pronounced “SNICK”) was one of many organizations produced by the Civil Rights Movement. SNCC was founded in April 1960, two months after their initial “sit-in” protest at Woolworth in Greensboro, North Carolina. After various attempts to integrate local businesses and restaurants, their new approach of protesting swept the Deep South and gained national attention. Student activists became full-time coordinators, working with local leaders to build grassroots organizations to reinforce support in their community. These young activists epitomized fundamental, unconventional strategies whose work continues to have great relevance today.
About the University Museum and Cultural Center
Located inside Childress Hall on UAPB’s campus, the University Museum and Cultural Center was founded in 2004 to collect, preserve, and promote the rich history of the institution and the surrounding Arkansas Delta. The museum is also home to a permanent exhibit, Keepers of the Spirit: The L.A. Davis, Sr. Historical Collection, that documents the history of UAPB. Created by Henri Linton, Sr. and the late U.G. Dalton, the exhibit was a continuation of the Persistence of the Spirit exhibit which recorded the history of African Americans in Arkansas. In addition to rotating exhibits, the museum features a large collection of photographs, catalogs, yearbooks, letters, artifacts, portraits, and other ephemera that document the lives of the women and men who helped to shape the history of the university and surrounding delta area.
For more information about the museum, visit www.uapb.edu/museum or call (870) 575-8230/8234.