By: Kristin Leaman, Bicentennial Archivist
The IU Libraries and the Office of the Bicentennial hosted an event on Thursday, January 19 2017, where several civil rights documentaries were screened in the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive new Screening Room in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
These rare documentaries were made during and just after Dr. King’s life, offering a historical lens into how he was viewed and understood by a contemporary audience.
A digital exhibit, Contemporary MLK: Objects from IU Collections, highlighting materials related to Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights from IU collections was also on display for the event and is now available here on the Indiana University Bicentennial webpage. It took the efforts of many to help create an exhibit with such an array of materials, further exemplifying the collaborative nature of the IU repositories as a whole.
This exhibit gives a glimpse into the historical documents, photographs, literature, and art related to civil rights and Martin Luther King, Jr. from IU repositories across campus, demonstrating the rich research value and diversity of IU’s collections.
View the exhibit here: MLK_DigitalPP_IU-173jw0t
Special thanks to the following who made this exhibit possible:
Brenda Nelson-Strauss and William Vanden Dries, Archives of African American Music and Culture
Ronda Sewald, Black Film Center/Archive
Abe Morris, Eskenazi Museum of Art
Dina Kellams and Brad Cook, Indiana University Archives
Keith Buckley, Jerome Hall Law Library
Sarah Mitchell, The Lilly Library
Judy Kirk, Mathers Museum of World Cultures