Location: Carrickphierish Library, Gracedieu
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott exhibition at Carrickphierish Library
WIT Libraries in association with Suirway Bus company, Waterford Educate Together National School, Waterford City and County Council Libraries and the Immigrant Council of Ireland are delighted to announce the forthcoming audio-visual exhibition and talk commemorating Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
The collaborative initiative includes an installation of bus seats in the exhibition space on the first level of the Carrickphierish Library for visitors to engage with.
The exhibition will be officially launched on Wednesday, 20th September by Most Rev. Alphonsus Cullinan DD, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore at 12 noon in Carrickphierish Library, Northern Extension, Waterford.
The exhibition is themed on the religious hymn and civil rights anthem ‘This Little Light of Mine’. Featuring an exhibit of story board narratives, it depicts the history of a watershed moment within the history of the Southern States of America Civil Rights movement.
Visitors will also get the opportunity to watch the fascinating documentary ‘Justice Without Violence’ which examines the nonviolent protest to end bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955/1956. This documentary has been kindly made available to the exhibition by Alabama Public Television.
The Immigrant Council of Ireland are currently coordinating a national anti-racism campaign on public transport in an effort to create greater public awareness of the rise in incidences of prejudice. The exhibition will feature auxiliary resources which focus on current issues with racism on public transport.
“The ethos of the anti-racism on public transport campaign is 'we are all made from the same stuff', and this is a unique opportunity to highlight the historical and current issues regarding racism on public transport both in Montgomery Alabama and Ireland.” Kieran Cronin, Developmental Librarian WIT.
“Firstly, racism is in no way tolerated on Ireland’s transport services. It’s a really strong message for us all to send out. Second of all, it’s to celebrate the diversity that exists not just in Ireland but the companies that we work in. It’s reflective of how Ireland has changed over the years and what a massively positive contribution that is. Ireland has become more diverse and more mature in recent years. However that doesn’t mean we can be complacent, and prejudice and intolerance – whoever the target may be – need to be tackled head on.” Brian Killoran CEO for the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
This exhibition is being made available to all primary and secondary schools in the South-East region from Monday 18th September to Friday 27th October, with three daily sessions at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. Advanced booking is required to facilitate access.
If you would like to find out further information about the event or to make a booking please contact Peggy McHale or Kieran Cronin at [email protected] or by telephone 051-302877.