Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 will help public audiences understand and discuss the relationship between two great peoples’ movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation, and the March on Washington in 1963. One hundred years separate the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, yet these two events are profoundly linked together in a larger story of liberty and the American experience. Both events were the results of people demanding justice. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. In both we take inspiration from those who marched toward freedom.
Changing America is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The tour of the exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
Applications for Changing America were accepted through October 21, 2013. The selected sites will host the exhibit for a six-week period between February 2014 and December 2017. All sites selected for the project will receive a grant of $1,700 from the ALA, with funding provided by the NEH, for expenses related to public programs. Participating sites will be required to present an opening event, and at least two public humanities programs for adult audiences, presented by qualified humanities scholars and related to exhibition themes.