Marching Toward Justice exhibit at Columbia Law School
The Marching Toward Justice exhibit was created by the Damon J. Keith Law Collection to inform the public about the fundamental importance of the 14th Amendment and our nation's ongoing quest to realize the high ideals of the Declaration of Independence. It tells the story of our government's promotion of justice and equality for some, while condoning the enslavement of others.
The 14th Amendment's ratification in 1868 created a dramatic and fundamental break from the past by promising full protection to all American citizens, regardless of race, social status, gender, or conflicting state laws. It was a significant step toward fulfilling the American Revolution's promise that all men are created equal and entitled to full and equal protection under the law.
Since the inaugural exhibition at the Thurgood Marshall Law Center in Washington, D.C., the exhibit has traveled to more than 30 sites including San Francisco, Chicago, Topeka Kansas, Boston, Dallas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Marching Toward Justice in Washington, D.C.
Marching Toward Justice was featured at the Congressional Black Caucus' (CBC) 40th annual Legislative Conference Sept. 15-18, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The exhibit coincided with a panel discussion that focused on the historical significance of the fight for equality and the continued importance of preserving the 14th Amendment. It was co-hosted by Congressman John Conyers Jr., ’58, and the Keith Collection to commemorate the exhibit’s display. Click the below image to view C-Span coverage of the panel featuring I. India Geronimo, director of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection for African-American Legal History.
The Marching Toward Justice had its inaugural exhibition at the Thurgood Marshall Judiciary Center in Washington D.C. in 1999. The ceremony included dignitaries such as President Bill Clinton, Rosa Parks, Mrs. Thurgood Marshall, and many members of the United States Congress. President Bill Clinton gave remarks during the opening ceremony which can be found here.