Civil Rights History Exhibit

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Orange County Civil Rights:
A History of an Enduring Struggle for Equality

A Traveling Exhibit

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For many, mention of the civil rights era conjures up images of the protests, sit-ins and marches in the South. However, we in the West also contributed to achievements of the era and Orange County is no exception. From the fight for desegregated schools to the fight for LGBT rights, Orange County has shared in the nation’s civil rights tragedies and triumphs.

What People are Saying

“If you ever wondered about how the enduring quest for human dignity and civil rights has transpired regionally, then dedicate 10 minutes of your day to taking in this magnificent exhibit that details local events that unfolded alongside more highly publicized incidents in our nation’s quest for equality.

You will be inspired by what you learn and see to imagine a future that you can help to make possible.

We are very proud that Santa Ana College was selected as a site for the Orange County Human Relations Civil Rights Exhibit.

Please consider how this powerful but temporary asset can enhance the teaching and learning work here at SAC within and beyond the classroom.

I promise that you will learn something you did not already know!”

– Sara Lundquist, Ph.D., Vice President, Student Services, Santa Ana College


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About the 2014-2015 Exhibit

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, OC Human Relations has looked back at our local history to honor the extraordinary contributions of our civil rights leaders and highlight our local history.  The exhibit will travel through 2015.

Thus far the exhibit has been hosted at:

  • Second Baptist Church, Santa Ana
  • Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana
  • Irvine City Hall
  • Huntington Beach City Hall
  • Nealley Library, Santa Ana Community College
  • University of California, Irvine for Walk in My Shoes
  • Irvine Water District
  • Garden Grove High School
  • Chapman University
  • Delhi Center, Santa Ana
  • California State University, Fullerton

Our Hope

It is our sincere hope that this look back will empower us, as members of the Orange County family, to own our past and use it as a source of inspiration to continue the struggle to make this a county where ALL live free from violence and discrimination.


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About the US Civil Rights Act

President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the US Civil Rights Act into law 50 years ago. This bi-partisan bill set the basic standard, the consensus, the unifying vision of the United States that all people have a right to live free from discrimination based on the color of their skin, their religion or other aspects of their being.


Interested in hosting the exhibit?

Please contact:

Joyce Sanchez
[email protected]
714-480-6570

Suggested donation: $150

>> Click here to support the exhibit’s tour with a donation.


Dorothy Mulkey tells the story of how she was part of the landmark civil rights ruling Mulkey v. Reitman during the opening ceremony of the Orange County Civil Rights History Exhibit at Second Baptist Church in Santa Ana Wednesday evening. In 1967, the case of Mulkey v. Reitman went to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it ruled in the Mulkeys' favor and overturned Prop. 14, which meant landlords no longer could refuse to rent to people because of their skin color, religion or ethnicity. KEVIN SULLIVAN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER OC REGISTER

Dorothy Mulkey tells the story of how she was part of the landmark civil rights ruling Mulkey v. Reitman during the opening ceremony of the Orange County Civil Rights History Exhibit at Second Baptist Church in Santa Ana Wednesday evening. In 1967, the case of Mulkey v. Reitman went to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it ruled in the Mulkeys’ favor and overturned Prop. 14, which meant landlords no longer could refuse to rent to people because of their skin color, religion or ethnicity.
KEVIN SULLIVAN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER OC REGISTER

Thank You to Our Supporters

OC Human Relations would like to thank our collaborators and community partners who’ve supported the OC Civil Rights History Exhibit, including:

Bob Johnson

Kevin Cabrera

Robert McDonald

Reverend Ivan Pitts

California State University, Los Angeles Students

OC Human Relations Interns

OC Civil Rights Committee

Susan Reese, Graphic Artist


We invite you to take a virtual tour through the Exhibit by clicking on the image below:

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