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Waynesboro Library lecture explores television’s impact on the civil rights movement

March on WashingtonThe Waynesboro Public Library will host Dr. Aniko Bodroghkozy for a free lecture called Screening Civil Rights at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Bodroghkozy, professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, will discuss how television and photojournalism impacted the civil rights movement—and continues to impact modern movements such as Black Lives Matter.

Bodroghkozy is a media historian whose most recent book is Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement, published by the University of Illinois Press in 2013. Her research reveals that network television was crucial in elevating the importance of civil rights and in changing attitudes about race relations.

This lecture concludes a series related to the traveling exhibit, Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation 1863 and the March on Washington 1963, which is at the library through December 14.

Adult services librarian Rebecca Lamb says, “As the final speaker in our lecture series, Dr. Bodroghkozy will not only bring us up to 1963 and the March on Washington, but she will also provide insight into how social movements and mass media continue to interact today.”

Changing America 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 exhibit is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is part of the NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.

The Waynesboro Public Library is located at 600 S. Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro. For additional information, call 540-942-6746 or visit www.WaynesboroPublicLibrary.org.