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A view of Rebirth of America: Travis Somerville’s 1963 currently on display at the Crocker Art Museum

1963 was a tense time in American history. It was the year Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington  D.C. It was the year George Wallace proclaimed "segregation today, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever" during an inagural address. It was also the year four African-American girls were killed when a bomb blast ripped through a church in Birmingham Alabama. 

The racial strife of these event are the subject of an exhibit entitled "Rebirth of a Nation: Travis Somerville’s 1963", currently being shown at the Crocker Art Museum at 216 O St. The show, on display until May 5,  has inspired the creators of a nonfiction literary series – TrueStory – to ask poets and writers to relate personal accounts of how 1963 impacted their work and lives.

TrueStory is the brainchild of Elaine Gail, an associate professor of communication studies and journalism at California State University, Sacramento, and Janna Marlie Maron, editor and publisher of Under the Gum Tree magazine. The public is invited to share in the emotions and experiences that shaped a nation on Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Crocker. Tickets for the TrueStory event are $5 for museum members and $8 for nonmembers and may be purchased at the museum admission desk or by calling 916-808-1182.

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