The graphic imagery of the civil rights struggle represents a disturbing segment of US history. The glaring inequality between American whites and blacks was aptly illustrated through the photographs and footage broadcast by the news media. The subsequent outrage of the public served as the catalyst that led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Ernest C. Withers, nicknamed the Original Civil Rights Photographer, captured the civil rights movement through the 50s and 60s. Nova Southeastern University (NSU) will feature Withers' work in an exhibition entitled, "Witness to History: the Photography of Ernest Withers." The exhibition, which will kick off NSU's Black History Month celebration, is the theme of the African Presence 2014, 11th Annual Art Exhibition.
The Opening Reception for "Witness to History: the Photography of Ernest Withers" will be held on Friday, January 31 at 6:00 pm. The featured pieces take the viewer into a journey to this part of American history which, in many ways defined the nation's articulation of its founding ideal of "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..."
Organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the exhibition highlights the crucial role played by African Americans in "...the pursuit of a more perfect union." Debra Willis, professor of Photography at New York University, speaks of these moments as "the shift from a focus on photography's role in building individual identities and community norms to a broader exploration of photography's role as a catalyst for social change."
The Opening Reception will be held in the Don Taft University Center on NSU's main campus. The exhibition, which will run through March 16, will be unveiled at 8:00 p.m. in the NSU's Alvin Sherman Library, Adolfo & Marisela Cotilla Gallery.
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