CWU museum exhibit shows media influence on the civil rights movement

CWU museum exhibit shows media influence on the civil rights movement

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Central Washington University (CWU) is highlighting the civil rights movement and the role the media played during that time.

Central has a new exhibit at its university museum, For All the World to See, a nationally-touring exhibit from the National Endowment for the Arts.

It showcases how the media portrayed the civil rights movement through pictures, posters and television clips.

Organizers say the media played a crucial role during that time by allowing the public to really see with their own eyes what was going on in our country.

Museum Director Hope Amason said this exhibit shows a different perspective to the civil rights movement.

"It really tells the story of how popular images have shaped our understanding of race in the context of the civil rights movement here in the United States," Amason said.

The exhibit will be open to the public at the CWU's Museum of Culture & Environment Wednesdays through Saturdays now through March 16.

CWU black student leaders will offer tours to the public on Feb. 7 at 5 p.m., Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 11 a.m.

CWU is also hosting a series of events that go along with the themes addressed in the exhibit.

  • Feb. 19, 5 p.m. — Being Black in Ellensburg — A safe space for CWU's black students, faculty, staff and Ellensburg community members to share stories.
  • Feb. 21, 5 p.m. — Un/Belonging: Can People of Color Call Ellensburg Home? — A panel featuring the voices of people of color in our community as they reflect on living in Ellensburg.
  • Feb 28, 5 p.m. — Intersectionality and Solidarity: A Roundtable Discussion with Masonya Bennett, PhD — Join Bennett along with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and community members as they consider new forms of solidarity going forward.
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