-POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER- Living Voices: The Right to Dream
- DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED -
In collaboration with the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.
6:30 pm: Meet and Greet
7:00 pm: Program begins
Note: This program is recommended for audiences Grade 6 and above.
The Right to Dream is told from the point of view of a young man, Raymond Hollis. Raymond Hollis is a young African American growing up in a small town in Mississippi on the brink of the American Civil Rights movement, the child of a World War II African American soldier and a domestic worker who is respected in their small Mississippi town.
Early on, Raymond feels and sees the daily impact of racism. As a child, his best friend is a young white neighbor to the house where his mother works—until they are separated and forbidden to see each other. Raymond is then introduced to leaders like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., showing him that something different may be possible for blacks in America.
Dedicated to joining these leaders, Raymond receives a scholarship to attend Tougaloo College. Raymond begins his involvement in the movement when he leads a sit-in at a local lunch counter. When friends are hurt, and civil rights workers are killed, Raymond's dedication to creating an equal society is tested. He becomes a part of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and is a participant in the voter registration drive, the March on Washington, Freedom Summer and the March from Selma to Montgomery.
Raymond and the civil rights workers are rewarded with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act—but Raymond is dedicated to continuing the fight against racism and raising America above intolerance.