Schatten to feature Road to the Promised Land exhibit

"The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968 was a profoundly inspiring social revolution. Not only did it change the face of the nation, but it did so with a minimum of violence. It laid the groundwork for the Women's Movement, the American Indian Movement, the primarily Hispanic union of farm workers, and organizations of other disfranchised people to claim rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution but withheld by policy makers. But progress comes slowly and at times has seemed threatened with reversal. The Promised Land remains, for many, a mirage that floats somewhere down a rough and stony road."

So reads the introduction to the exhibit, "The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. & the Civil Rights Movement--Perspectives in the 1990s," which examines the Civil Rights Movement from the mid-1950s through the present. The 40-poster exhibit includes photographs, texts and quotations from the movement, which changed the face of the nation. Produced by the Texas Humanities Resource Center as an update to its successful exhibit "Martin Luther King Jr. & the Civil Rights Movement," which covered the movement from 1955 to 1968, the new exhibit addresses current civil rights concerns with new perspectives and provides an objective and thought-provoking view of a crusade that continues to have a profound impact on our lives.

The exhibit will open on Jan. 15 and run through Feb. 28. Admission is free. Schatten Gallery hours are: 8 a.m. to midnight, Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; noon to midnight Sunday. Call 727-6861 for more information.

-- Joyce Bell