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UMD Libraries invites community to opening reception for new “Rising Up!” exhibition

Meet the curators and tour the new exhibition, “Rising Up: 100 Years of Student Activism for Justice and Civil Rights at the University of Maryland.”

Promotional graphic for Rising Up featuring the name of the exhibit and photos in the exhibit.

UMD Libraries is excited to announce the “Rising Up: 100 Years of Student Activism for Justice and Civil Rights at the University of Maryland” exhibition in Hornbake Library. To celebrate, join us on Wednesday, October 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for an opening reception. Meet the exhibition’s curators, hear from speakers who will share experiences about their struggle for civil rights and social justice, and take a guided tour of the exhibit.

Registration for the reception is not required but is appreciated. Learn more and register to attend.

The exhibition will be on display in the lobby of Hornbake Library through Spring 2024, and features archival photos, oral histories, multimedia displays, and memorabilia documenting the history of student activism at the University of Maryland.

About the Exhibition

In 2020, the world witnessed a trans-continental racial reckoning after the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. According to the Harvard Kennedy Carr Center, these protests saw 15 million to 26 million participants. Students from all over the country, including students from the University of Maryland, were part of the protests and demonstrations that demanded justice and equity within our nation's political, judicial, and academic systems.

Inspired by the uprising in 2020, this major exhibition, produced by UMD Libraries, explores the long fight for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Maryland. The exhibition centers the student activism and social movements of historically marginalized communities and their fight for civil rights including African American, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, Latinx, and Asian American students, advocates for women's rights, and students in the undocumented community. Drawing on records from over one hundred years, our archivists and curators piece together stories of students disrupting the status quo and demanding a more inclusive and equitable community.

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