Wherever There’s a Fight
Exhibition Features a History of Civil Liberties in California
May 7 - June 30
Woodland Public Library
Opening Reception May 9th
5:00 pm ~ Leak Conference Room
May 7 to June 30, 2012 Woodland Public Library is showcasing powerful stories of the fight for freedom and equality in California from the Gold Rush to the post-9/11 eras, a new exhibition, Wherever There’s a Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California, opens on May 7th at the Woodland Public Library. The traveling exhibition, rich with narrative and photographs, animates the history of civil liberties focusing on the hidden stories of unsung heroes and heroines throughout California who stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, and economic hardship.
Wherever There’s a Fight is part of California Council for the Humanities’ Searching for Democracy, a thematic program designed to examine the meaning of democracy today. The exhibition is based on the Heyday Books’ publication Wherever There’ a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi (2009), and is presented by Exhibit Envoy and curated by Elinson and Yogi.
Thirteen interpretive panels of photographs and texts tell the stories of ordinary people capable of extraordinary acts, who fought violations of their civil liberties in California, reflecting the prejudices and political winds of the times.
The Woodland Public Library is located on 250 First Street, Woodland, CA. The hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 12 noon to 4:00 pm, and it is free of admission.
An opening reception will be held on May 9th from 5:00-6:30 pm, at the Leak Conference Room in the Library, open to the public. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Woodland Public Library, League of Women Voters, and the Ethic Studies Cross Cultural Series at Woodland Community College.