University of Rochester

EVENT: "Martin Luther King's Dream Project," a photo exhibit

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 2, to Sunday, April 8, in the Frederick Douglass Institute, 302 Morey Hall, on the University of Rochester River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

Note: Free parking is available in University lots on weekends.

March 26, 2001

A photo exhibit reflecting local impressions of the impact of the Civil Rights movement will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 2, to Sunday, April 8, in the Frederick Douglass Institute, located in 302 Morey Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

Titled "Martin Luther King's Dream Project," the exhibit uses Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech from the 1963 march on Washington as a starting point to see how personal beliefs and behavior have been affected by legislation granting voting rights and the desegregation of public places.

The exhibit consists of 20 photographs made last fall by individuals, both children and adults, from such local agencies as Baden Street Settlement, the Compeer Program, Ibero-American Development Corp., South West Area Neighborhood Association (SWAN), and the Urban League of Rochester.

The project participants attended a workshop at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, where they reviewed the political and social climate of the 1960s and viewed Dr. King's speech. The group also learned photo-taking techniques and each participant received a Kodak MAX one-time use camera. They spent two weeks in the community taking pictures that they felt showed whether Dr. King's dream had come true or not.

During the exhibit, which is free and open to the public, the anniversary of King's assassination will be marked with a reception at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in 302 Morey Hall. The exhibit is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute, the George Eastman House, the Eastman Kodak Company, the Democrat and Chronicle, Monroe Community College, Wegmans, and WHEC-TV 10 NBC. For more information, contact the Frederick Douglass Institute at (585) 275-7235.