press release

Exploring the Civil Rights Movement through the work and voices of nine activist photographers, the exhibition dynamically documents the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement. It comprises 157 black-and white images by Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama and offers a remarkable, moving view of this crucial period in American history. Unlike images of photojournalists, who covered breaking news events, these photographers lived within the Civil Rights Movement—working primarily with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee—to document the efforts of both activists and local citizens. The accompanying audio guide brings these photographs to life through eye witness accounts and personal revelations. This Light of Ours offers of remarkable opportunity to experience the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of those who actively worked with it.

This is an exhibition organized by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art. Major support for the exhibition has been provided by the Bruce W. Bastian Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Exhibition Curator: Matt Herron. Historical Consultant: Charlie Cobb Jr. Project Originators: Steven Kasher and Leslie Kelen.