Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin

This was originally published several months ago, so it may be out of date.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin

The Austin History Center invites you to the opening of its newest exhibit Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin on Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 PM in the David Earl Holt Photo Gallery at 810 Guadalupe St. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit highlights historical images focused on particular themes and movements that remain relevant today, such as human rights, environmental justice, inequality, impact of war, labor justice, and academic freedom. Bringing the past to life in our present, we are introducing an interactive component to the photography exhibit. Help us expand this exhibit by contributing your own photographs, present or past, of protests or demonstrations that have taken place here in Austin.

During the reception, attendees will be able to print a photo stored on their phone and add it to the exhibit.  Alternatively, participants can submit a photograph through our website: library.austintexas.gov/ahc/taking-it-to-the-streets.

The exhibit runs from July 31, 2018 - October 28, 2018. This exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7480 or visit austinhistorycenter.org.
About the Exhibit
Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin presents a snapshot look at how the public confronted the political and social issues of their time. Diverse images from a variety of the Austin History Center’s collections highlight Austin residents in their earnest efforts to create social change in their communities.

Throughout history, social movements – groups that are united by a shared purpose – have created transformational change. Women’s Liberation and Civil Rights in the U.S. are just two examples.  In these movements, protest has played an important role, highlighting the ability of ordinary citizens to make their voices heard.

Austin has a long history of mobilization and direct action. From mass marches in support of academic freedom during the Rainey controversy in the 1940s to student walkouts opposing gun violence in 2018, protests intersect race, class, and gender identity and are a mark of U.S. democracy.  They are timeless in that they are an inherent part of the human experience.

With more mass movements globally in this decade than any decade since 1900, this exhibit grounds our communities in our shared history and reflects a legacy of Austin’s social movement organizing. The variety of decades and movements depicted are meant to inspire conversation about the city’s collective memory, times past, current events, and the future of Austin, the United States, and the world.

About the Austin History Center 
As the local history collection of the Austin Public Library, the Austin History Center provides the public with information about the history, current events and activities of Austin and Travis County. The Center collects and preserves information about local governments, businesses, residents, institutions and neighborhoods so that generations to come will have access to their history. 

Austin Public Library
The Austin Public Library provides knowledge, technology and inspiration to the Austin community. The Library is a hub of books and education, a meeting place of minds and an incubator of ideas.

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