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Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books - Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books delves into the events, people, and themes of the civil rights movement through children’s literature. The exhibit features beloved children’s book authors and artists as well as talented newcomers who come together to encourage discussion and inspire young people to be tomorrow’s agents of change. The picture books’ topics bridge the past and present, emphasizing how historical moments and leaders continue to inspire the struggle for equal rights.

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The original exhibition was curated by award-winning children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney as a collaboration between the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center will host the exhibit in reproduction as a collection of seventy compelling prints that evoke the power and continuing relevance of the era that shaped American history and continues to reverberate today. The exhibit emphasizes children’s roles as activists and tells important stories about the movement’s icons, including Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Congressman John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Picture the Dream consists of three thematic sections. The first section, “A Backward Path,” investigates life in the Jim Crow era and the conditions leading up to the civil rights movement. The second, “The Rocks Are the Road,” focuses on key voices and events that shaped the movement. Finally, the third section, “Today’s Journey, Tomorrow’s Promise,” explores equality in the present day, looking at what has changed and what progress can still be made.

As an addition to the original exhibition, local artists have been engaged to incorporate interactive elements into the exhibit, filling an interactive creative space that will allow children to actively participate, write, create, and contribute to the exhibit. By infusing the national civil rights narrative powerfully conveyed in Picture the Dream with perspectives from local artists, we have the ability to deepen our community’s understanding of civil rights history and ongoing relevance.

Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Picture Books will be on view at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center from May 3 to August 11, 2024. 


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Location:

4400 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, KS, 66604
United States

Phone:

(785) 783-8300
Contact name: 
Kansas Children's Discovery Center
Dates: 
07/20/2024
07/21/2024
07/23/2024
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