CONFRONTATION: The Civil Rights Movement at Dorchester Center

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

Civil Rights is a Human Right.


I am extremely blessed to curate this Civil Rights exhibit!


Dorchester Center is ramping up for the most dynamic Civil Rights Exhibit in Coastal Georgia to display its small-town role in a national movement!


Dorchester Academy, Midway, Georgia
Dorchester Academy, Midway, Georgia

The exhibit is titled: CONFRONTATION: The Civil Rights Movement at Dorchester Center


Themes:

* Women in the Civil Rights Movement (only exhibit in the U.S. that focuses on female leadership)

* Project "C" and The Birmingham Campaign

* Youth Civil Rights Café






Confronting Jim Crow, racial injustice, inequality, and disenfranchisement, from 1865 to 1965 Black Americans were tired of the constant struggle for fair treatment in the United States, particularly in the southern states. In general, White people controlled the voting booth, jobs, crops, banks, schools, stores, etc. There were "Whites Only" signs and sometimes lynchings reminding Blacks of their second-class status in towns all throughout the South. But in every southern state, Black people had begun to speak up and to campaign for their rights to vote, to change the future of their lives. The main place where Blacks organized and Whites dared not lay claim to was the Black church. Many a meeting sprouted up and were sustained by churches. This ubiquitous rise of Black voices and nonviolent action in southern towns and cities became known as the movement for Southern freedom and justice, or more commonly "The Civil Rights Movement." And Liberty County played a major part in this time of great social change!


Beginning in 1961, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Leadership Conference, agreed to a transfer of the "Citizenship Education Program" from the Highlander School in Monteagle, Tennesee to a location in Georgia. But where would the program be headquartered?


Rev. Andrew Young, a young Congregational minister and member of SCLC's executive committee, advised Dr. King that there was an unused old run-down school associated with the Congregational Church in McIntosh, Liberty County, GA now owned by Black folks, Dorchester Improvement Association.




Who would manage the operations of the program? ANDREW YOUNG!


Who would organize the day-to-day planning and nonviolent direct action? DOROTHY COTTON!


Who would instruct the community leaders enrolled for citizenship education? SEPTIMA CLARK!