Exhibitions

Current Special Exhibition

The Fight for Civil Rights in the South

The Fight for Civil Rights in the South

February 19 - June 30, 2020

The Fight for Civil Rights in the South combines two prestigious photography exhibitions covering the African American struggle for civil rights and social equality in the 1960s – Selma to Montgomery: Photographs by Spider Martin and Courage Under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Riders Bus.

In Selma to Montgomery, photographer James “Spider” Martin captures the iconic march to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, including the moment when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led more than 2,000 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Martin’s photos brought attention to the Civil Rights Movement and documented this nonviolent action that helped lead to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Courage Under Fire depicts a peaceful protest met with violence in Anniston, Alabama in 1961. Travelers known as Freedom Riders rode buses into the South to protest segregation on public transportation. On Sunday, May 14, 1961, riders nearly died when their bus was set on fire by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Photographer Joseph Postiglione brought national attention to the violent resistance to desegregation.

The Fight for Civil Rights in the South combines Selma to Montgomery: Photographs by Spider Martin and Courage Under Fire. They are curated and circulated by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), with contributions from the City of Birmingham and to BCRI’s Corporate Campaign.

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Exhibition Sponsors

African American Forum | Minority Men Affinity Network
Employee Resource Groups at State Farm®

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

African American Museum of Dallas
Anti-Defamation League Texoma
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Congregation Anshai Torah
Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
Denton Black Film Festival
Grant Halliburton Foundation
The Legacy Senior Communities
Refugee Services of Texas, Inc.
SMU Human Rights Program
Vickery Meadows Youth Development Foundation
WiNGS
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

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