September 29, 2016 – May 14, 2017
This Light of Ours:
Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement
This Light of Ours presents the Southern Freedom Movement through the visions and voices of eight men and one woman who lived and worked in the South between 1963 and 1967. Unlike images produced by photojournalists, who covered breaking news events, these nine photographers lived within the movement and documented its activities by focusing on the local people and student activists who together made it happen. The 150+ photographs by Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama convey SNCC’s organizational strategies and development, resolve in the face of violence, impact on the nation’s politics, and influence of the nation’s consciousness. This Light of Ours expands public understanding of the Civil Rights Movement by presenting the actions and achievements of young organizers and “ordinary” people who fashioned a movement that changed America. The exhibition was organized by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art.