The San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement

Leah Goodwin, Raphael Castellanos and Councilwoman Myrtle Cole

Leah Goodwin (left) and Jan Carpenter Tucker (right) flank some of the honorees who are included in the exhibit: Harold K. Brown, Robert Matthews, Tom Owen-Towle, Vernon Sukumu, and Elizabeth Riggs*

Angela Rickman, a guest at the opening reception, views the exhibit at City Hall

The San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement exhibit had its inaugural display in the main lobby of the City Administration Building, 202 “C” Street, downtown San Diego from Friday, August 7 to Tuesday, August 18, 2015. A public opening reception was held on Friday, August 7, 2015.

That week in history celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Voting Rights Act being signed into law by President Lyndon Baines  Johnson (1908-73) on August 6, 1965. The Voting Rights Act aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment (1870) to the Constitution of the United States. The act significantly widened the franchise and is considered among the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in United States history.

The exhibit consists of fifteen panels that honor and reflect on stories of our own San Diego civil rights history, and honors San Diego’s living leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit showcases some of the leaders, from those who organized the Congress of Racial Equality movement in San Diego to our local leaders and changemakers who took the first steps in the long journey of standing up for justice.

This exhibit was created by Leah Goodwin and is dedicated to her father, James C. Goodwin, Tuskegee Airman, who flew in the 332nd, and led a life dedicated to civil rights, social justice and peace, for instilling in her the knowledge and pride in history.

Project collaborators include The Office of Councilmember Myrtle Cole; Jan Carpenter Tucker, J. L. Carpenter Design (designer of the banner display); Sherehe Hollins, EMPOWER Consulting (coordination and editing of materials); and the Harold K. Brown Collection, a part of the San Diego State University Library Special Collections and University Archives.

For more information, please contact Leah Goodwin at (619) 840-1206 or leah@leahscreations.com.

* Judge Elizabeth Riggs is now deceased.

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The Civil Rights Exhibit is dedicated to James C. Goodwin, Tuskegee Airman, and father of Leah Goodwin, creator of the exhibit

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Today the exhibit left the Skyline library after being the backdrop for Councilmember Monica Montgomery's First 100 day presentation... ... See MoreSee Less

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The exhibit is installed in the media center at Skyline Hills Library through February. ... See MoreSee Less

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The exhibit has left La Mesa and is on Display at the Mountain View Beckwith Community Library, 721 San Pasqual Street, San Diego. The Voting Rights act is still important and is being threatened and challenged right now in 2018! ... See MoreSee Less

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I wrote this poem for this exhibitI Vote… By Leah Goodwin August 8, 2015I voteAs soon as I turned eighteen I knew that voting was my privilege it was a way to be seenI voteBecause my ancestors stood tall through the long fightthey were jailed and even died for the rightI voteI walk to the polls in symbolic ritualHearing the songs of those old negro spiritualsI voteIn honor carrying my legacy in my heartPencil in hand I know how to startI voteCommitted to a country that continues to be racist and betray meI voteTo make a change to have a voiceTo stand up for my own choiceI voteWe need the right lawsAnd even if the system has its flawsI voteI remember the lives lost, those who never will know me… made a wayI remember them silently when I pray And I vote.I voteI vote!!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello,Drop by the La Mesa Community Library to see our Exhibit and don't forget to vote! ... See MoreSee Less

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Last year, Leah Goodwin was one of the inaugural honorees for MOXIE Theatre's annual gala and fundraiser. This year, Leah will be one of the emcees at the 2nd annual The MOXIE Awards, honoring San Diego women with grit and determination. Come join the fun! Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6 pm at The Lafayette Hotel. Buy tickets: moxietheatre.com/themoxies ... See MoreSee Less

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Time is up for the Exhibit at Sempra Energy! Let us know if you want the Exhibit or a presentation to come to your location. After her presentation, Leah was thrilled to receive this letter: On behalf of the Sempra Energy HQ LDIC, I want to thank you so much for speaking at our Black History Month Lunch-N-Learn today! It was such a pleasure meeting you both and your engaging presentations were fantastic! Being able to bring both a local and national perspective on some of the civil rights struggles of the past and what work is still to be done was valuable and informative. I hope our paths will cross again in the future. Best regards, Amy G. Nefouse, Sempra Energy ... See MoreSee Less

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Vintage buttons symbolize the many activities and organizations involved with advancing the civil rights movement. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Civil Rights exhibit is on display at Sempra Energy in San Diego! It's in the main lobby during business hours, 488 Eighth Avenue, San Diego 92101. ... See MoreSee Less

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The display will be presented again at the RISE Breakfast Club event on February 20th, 2017! ... See MoreSee Less

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What an amazing journey we are on... teaching our City about its past. ... See MoreSee Less

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The exhibit will be at the Spring Valley Library at 836 Kempton Street in Spring Valley, CA throughout the month of June 2016. The library is also a polling place. There will be an after school workshop for youth on June 15th. The exhibit is still educating and inspiring those who are able to see it. It is tentatively slated to be on display at the Malcolm X/Valencia Park Library in October. Please contact Leah Goodwin www.leahscreations.com if you are interested in having the exhibit displayed at your location. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sponsored by Supervisor Greg Cox, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 1 and the African American Association of County Employees (AAACE), “The San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement” Exhibit will be at the County of San Diego, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101 in the first floor hallway February 5 to 29, 2016. A Reception will be held on Tuesday, February 16, from 5 to 6 pm in the Bayside Room I (Lower Level). Light refreshments will be provided. For the reception RSVP by February 13, 2016, to aaace@sdcounty.ca.gov. Please provide the names and number of persons attending. Curated by Leah Goodwin in honor of her father, a Tuskegee Airman, and designed by Jan Carpenter Tucker, 13 of the exhibit’s panels will be on display featuring living leaders who shaped the civil rights era. ... See MoreSee Less

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Up next: “The San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement” Exhibit will be at the San Diego County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA, 92101. The exhibit will be up beginning Friday, February 5 through Monday, February 29 as part of the Art Halls/Art Walls program during regular business hours. Give yourself some love this month by taking time to view and read this wonderful body of information. It's knowledge for everyone! Pass the word. ... See MoreSee Less

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The exhibit is being taken down from its current location (First UU Church of San Diego) tomorrow (Monday, February 1) at noon. We are waiting for final approval on its new location for the month of February 2016. We will post as soon as we know. If all goes well, it will be somewhere near downtown San Diego. We are thrilled to be on this journey of love, legacy and learning. Thank you for your support! ... See MoreSee Less

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“The San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement” Exhibit will be at First Unitarian Universalist Church San Diego, 4190 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92103 (across from UCSD Medical Center) in Bard Hall January 5 through February 2, 2016. All are welcome to attend a Dialogue & Reception, Sunday, January 10, 2 to 5 pm. Curated by Leah Goodwin in honor of her father, a Tuskegee Airman, and designed by Jan Carpenter Tucker, the 15-panel display features living leaders who shaped the civil rights era. Church members Rev. Tom Owen-Towle and Judge Elizabeth Riggs are featured in the exhibit and will speak in person. Cyd Carpenter will perform the poem “What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black?” (by the poet and author Margaret Taylor Burroughs). Music by “Any Given Sunday.” Light refreshments. Bring poetry and short readings to share. Sponsored by ROAR with SOUL (Resist Oppression And Racism with a Spirit of Openness, Understanding and Love) ... See MoreSee Less

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The exhibit will be on display at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego from Tuesday, January 5 (5 pm) through February 1, 2016. Located at 4190 Front Street in Hillcrest (across the street from the UCSD Medical Center on Front and Arbor), the exhibit will be in Bard Hall in the church's Welcome Center. A Dialogue & Reception will be held on Sunday, January 10 from 2 to 5 pm. More information on the opening event will follow soon. MARK YOUR CALENDAR! ... See MoreSee Less

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The exhibit will be on display at the Black American Political Association of California - San Diego Chapter 37th Statewide Hall of Fame Convention October 16-18, 2015 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA.Visit the BAPAC SD convention page. http://bapacsd.org ... See MoreSee Less

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Monica Montgomery and Serena Robinson of Councilmember Myrtle Cole's Staff attended the Opening Night of #BlueprintstoFreedom. ... See MoreSee Less

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Dorothy Smith and Leah Goodwin at the opening night of #BlueprintstoFreedom. The San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement Exhibit was so well received! ... See MoreSee Less

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BLUEPRINTS TO FREEDOM: VIP NightWe're also thrilled to have had Dr. Dorothy Smith here for the VIP Night performance of BLUEPRINTS. Dorothy, who is recognized for her educational leadership, advocacy and excellence, was the first African-American woman to be elected to public office in San Diego, having served twice as the president of the Board of Education. She, too, is featured in our exhibit of San Diego's Living Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.The San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement Exhibit ... See MoreSee Less

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Timeline PhotosHave you seen The San Diego Experience of the Civil Rights Movement Exhibit hanging in the Potiker Lobby? On display thru the run of #BlueprintsToFreedom and created by Leah Goodwin for her father, James C. Goodwin, a member of the Tuskeegee Airmen, it consists of 14 panels that reflect on stories of #SanDiego's own #civilrights history and pays tribute to San Diego’s living leaders in the #CivilRightsMovement, from those who organized the Congress of Racial Equality movement in San Diego to local leaders and changemakers who took the first steps in the long journey of standing up for justice. ... See MoreSee Less

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Follow the exhibit to our current home, the lobby of the Potiker Theater at La Jolla Playhouse during their production of "Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin." ... See MoreSee Less

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The opening reception of this exhibit was held on August 7, 2015 at San Diego's City Hall, 202 C Street. The debut installation was in the front lobby of City Hall through August 18. The exhibit consists of 15 panels featuring San Diego's Living Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. This highly portable exhibit will travel to various locations to be announced. Curated by Leah Goodwin; Graphic Design by Jan Carpenter Tucker , JL Carpenter Design; Coordination and Photography by Sherehe Hollins ... See MoreSee Less

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