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Islanders celebrate Civil Rights through pictures

Frank and Glo Ceteznik browse over photographs taken by Mercer Island and Franklin High School students from their 2008 Multicultural Scholars tour of the Deep South. The photographs were up for silent auction at the CCMV on Nov. 16.  - Elizabeth Celms/Mercer Island Reporter
Frank and Glo Ceteznik browse over photographs taken by Mercer Island and Franklin High School students from their 2008 Multicultural Scholars tour of the Deep South. The photographs were up for silent auction at the CCMV on Nov. 16.
— image credit: Elizabeth Celms/Mercer Island Reporter

Dozens of Civil Rights photographs, some from the 1960s and others from 2008, sat in silent auction at the Community Center at Mercer View on Nov. 16 as viewers browsed over and discussed the images. The exhibit, titled “Images of Change,” raised money for the Multicultural Scholars Program, which educates students from Mercer Island and Franklin High Schools on contemporary and historical civil rights issues.

Many of the photographs at Sunday’s auction were donated by the National Public Library. Others were taken by MIHS and Franklin students during their 10-day trip through the Deep South last summer.

A number of Multicultural Scholar students were present at the event, describing their recent trip to Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi while explaining the content of photographs taken. During the school year, 10 MIHS and 10 Franklin students study local and national civil rights issues, politics and history. In June, the students flew to the Deep South, where they spoke with Civil Rights leaders, visited historic sites and studied the history of each area.

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