Recounting the Civil Rights Movement

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NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Scenes of the past that helped shape the future are now on display at a local college.  Tuesday, students got the opportunity to see the gallery and hear first hand accounts of what is was like to live through the civil rights movement.  

“It’s a very important event that sparked a lot of other people in other cities working on voter rights,” explains Artie Ravitz, of Easton, as he shares his memories of the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.  

Now, the Shulman Gallery at Luzerne County Community College displays Spider Martin’s photographs of that historic event along with more recent photos taken by assistant professor Jim Gavenus.  “It was a struggle.  People lost their lives and people were beaten and bloodied and bombings occurred, but they didn’t stop because they saw the bigger picture of making our country better,” says Gavenus. 

Tuesday, a teleconference was held to coincide with the exhibit with nearly 100 community members in attendance, including both college and high school students.  The crowd heard from a panel of people who were “foot soldiers” during that Alabama march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., known as ‘Bloody Sunday.’  Gavenus says “to hear it first hand from the people who were there, where you hear how they were treated is, I think, really powerful and important for our community.”  

Recounting  a walk that would help to pave the way to equality.  “The younger generation, if they can hear this, maybe they can create some change of their own,” adds Gavenus.

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