In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a series of programs and events will take place in the greater Hartford region to stimulate conversations that could inspire empowerment and change. These programs will follow the Library of Congress exhibition, The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom, which is scheduled to open September 10 in Washington, DC.
Newman’s Own Foundation is supporting both the Hartford area programs and the Library of Congress exhibition to help raise awareness about empowerment. The programs will show how people can overcome extraordinary adverse circumstances to achieve their potential. This aligns with the foundation’s empowerment focus area by exemplifying the power of one individual or groups of individuals who have the moral courage to speak out and make a difference.
Assistance provided by the Library of Congress enables the Empowering Change initiative to benefit from the Library’s historic civil rights exhibition, extending the reach of its content as a model for using library resources including materials provided directly to teachers and libraries for use throughout the region to encourage enrichment activities, programs, and meaningful dialogue and action. The IDEA book has been distributed to 1,300 K-12 classrooms in Greater Hartford and all public libraries in Connecticut.