Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States. Created Equal encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of the struggle for civil rights in America.

Changing America is on display from May 7 – June 10, 2015 at Brown RISD Hillel, 80 Brown St., Providence, RI 02906.



The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University is a scholarly research center with a public educational mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas, the CSSJ hosts research and public programs examining historical forms of slavery, legacies of slavery in the contemporary world, and contemporary forms of human bondage. The CSSJ is committed to fostering deeper understandings of justice, human rights, and freedom today.



Changing America RI tells national and local stories about the years 1863 and 1963—two moments in time that radically altered the United States’ history of struggles for equality. Acting as a companion exhibition for the American Library Association and Smithsonian Institute’s Changing America traveling exhibition, Changing America RI uses resources from Rhode Island collections to illustrate how struggles for civil rights were fought and documented in national and local contexts. Changing America RI is curated by Anni Pullagura, Reya Sehgal, and Ida Yalzadeh, with support from Shana Weinberg and Professor B. Anthony Bogues.

Changing America RI is presented by Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, with significant support from the Rhode Island Historical Society.


Partners and sponsors


Brown Digital Repository and John Hay Library, Brown University                      

David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University

Brown RISD Hillel