Color is Rationale: Photography of The Civil Rights Movement


Color is Rationale: Photography of The Civil Rights Movement






Kiersten Mills, Jordan Dantzler, Joaquin Horton


Close your eyes and imagine an image that captures the time period of the Jim Crow Era and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. What comes to mind? Is it a photograph of A white woman shouting at Black students as they walk to their newly desegregated schools, or do you see a portrait of Macolm X passionately giving a speech? No matter the content of the image you are thinking of right now, it is likely that the image is depicted in Black and White. Those Black and White images may make these time periods in American history seem so long ago, but in reality the memories of these eras are still playing in the minds of individuals living in their late 60s and beyond in vivid color. Essentially, the medium of Black and White photography has caused us to think the times of blatant hate and racism were so long ago, but in reality these times were closer than we think. To better place the era’s of Jim Crow and Civil Rights, this exhibit provides a Color rationale to our history through showcasing the works of color photography by James P. Blair, Benard Klenia, and Gordon Parks.


The Civil Rights Era


Seminar in Curatorial Practice

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