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January 30, 2006

Press Contact:
Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, 512-471-7330.
Exhibit Contact: Addy Sonder, Tarlton Law Library, (512) 232-3802.

Law Library Exhibits Celebrate Black History Month in February

UT's Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue
Sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
UT-Austin, East Mall
Sculptors: Jeffrey and Anna Koh-Varilla

AUSTIN, Texas — A new exhibit titled “Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement” will be on display in The University of Texas School of Law’s Susman Godfrey Atrium from Feb. 6 to Feb. 27. The Law School’s Tarlton Law Library is hosting the exhibit along with two other new exhibits to celebrate Black History Month. The other exhibits will be on display until April 13.

The MLK exhibit tells the story of the civil rights movement from the emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 to his death in 1968.

“The MLK exhibit captures the determination and passion of the civil rights movement, its moments of triumph in the mid-sixties, and its unfortunate fragmentation in the latter half of the decade,” said Professor Roy Mersky, Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and Director of Research of the Tarlton Law Library at UT Law. “The Library felt it was the perfect exhibit to honor Black History Month,” he said.

The exhibit was created and produced by the Texas Council for the Humanities. It consists of 65 black and white action photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents, quotations from speeches and writings of Dr. King, and brief narrative texts.

To celebrate Black History Month, the Tarlton Law Library is installing two other new exhibits in addition to the MLK exhibit. The first exhibit, prepared by the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, will trace the lives of the first African-American graduates of The University of Texas School of Law. The exhibit draws from the Law School History collection in the Tarlton Law Library's Rare Books & Special Collections department.

The second exhibit, "Black, White, and Burnt Orange," covers the integration movement at The University of Texas during the 1960s. The exhibit focuses on the period following the admittance of blacks to The University of Texas, when students worked toward full integration of the campus community through desegregation of campus housing, lunch counters and theaters along the Drag, and university athletic teams. The exhibit also discusses law faculty involvement in the movement for integration.

Addy Sonder, the assistant archivist at the Tarlton Law Library, designed, researched and coordinated the Law Library’s Black History Month exhibits. All three exhibits will be open to the public in the Susman Godfrey Atrium and will be on view from Feb. 6 - 27. For further descriptions about what is in the MLK exhibit, go to: http://www.public-humanities.org/resource_center/exhibits_m1.htm.

Related Links:
Tarlton Law Library: http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/