‘Women and the Civil Rights Movement’ photo exhibit – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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‘Women and the Civil Rights Movement’ photo exhibit

A photo exhibit featuring Bishop Barbara C. Harris and a selection of prominent women from the Civil Rights Movement is on display in the Library Atrium until Friday, Jan. 25.

The exhibit is being put on by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and Opportunity Programs, in collaboration with the Geneva Human Rights Commission and the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, as a part of the weeklong campus celebration of the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Women Voicing the Dream.”

Harris, the first woman bishop in the Episcopal Church in this country, received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award during Convocation ceremonies in September 2004. The Elizabeth Blackwell Award is presented to women who have dedicated their lives to humanitarian causes.

The photo exhibit also includes posters of Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Eckford and Rosa Parks, a painting featuring the words of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” and Shirley Chislom.

Chisholm spoke at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1969, 1973 and 1986 and was also the guest speaker at a Democratic Women's Club's luncheon at the Geneva Country Club in 1969.

All are encouraged to check out the collection on display and reflect on the contributions these woman have made.

The year’s celebration of King Week concludes with the MLK Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 26, when students from HWS and Geneva High School visit seniors' residences and members of several area churches as part of “Writing to Remember.”

Students will listen to and take notes on the elders' stories, listening for memories and stories of heritage and roots. Students may write narratives and/or write letters for the persons they are visiting. Breakfast and an orientation session will begin at 9 a.m. at the Intercultural Affairs Center.