February 24, 2015

Library lecture, film to mark women’s history

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A pair of special events at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Morris Library in March will celebrate women and their history.  

Sister Mary Antona Ebo, a trailblazing black Catholic nun whose career was in health care, will speak at 2 p.m., March 25, in the library’s third floor rotunda. Ebo, a longtime Franciscan Sister of Mary now in her 90s, drew national recognition for her efforts on behalf of civil rights.  

A photograph of Ebo participating in the 1965 March on Selma in Selma, Ala., became a symbol of the struggle for voting rights for African-Americans. She is a founding member and past president of the National Black Sisters Conference. 

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  

The event occurs in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the 54-mile march for civil rights that Martin Luther King Jr. led from Selma to Montgomery. Sponsors include the library’s Special Collections Research Center and the Friends of Morris Library. 

In addition, a film featuring Ebo, “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness to Change,” will be shown at 6 p.m., March 24, in the library’s Hall of Presidents. Light refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome. 

For more information about either of the events commemorating Women’s History Month, contact Christina Bleyer at cgould@siu.edu or call 618/453-1499.