‘Foot Soldiers for Freedom’ Exhibit Displayed in HSS Building

JONESBORO – A new exhibit, “Foot Soldiers for Freedom,” is currently being showcased in the lobby of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.

Produced by the board of directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Black History Commission of Arkansas, and many local and state historians and scholars, it chronicles many everyday people and lesser-known events that were part of the struggle for civil rights in Arkansas.

Dr. Cherisse Jones Branch, associate professor of history at A-State, was on the Arkansas Humanities Council committee that conceptualized the exhibit.  She states, “This is an important exhibit because it demonstrates Arkansas’s connection to the national civil rights movement.  Arkansans engaged in activism to access full citizenship in their own communities.  What is especially poignant about this exhibit is that it highlights the activism that occurred in the state’s rural communities and resulted from the brave efforts of local African Americans and their allies. ”

The exhibit will be on public display through Nov. 18.

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