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Photographers in We Shall Overcome captured various aspects of the Civil Rights Movement. Leonard Freed's images represent his perceptions of racial conflict in America at the time of his return to the United States after several years abroad. Bob Adelman's photographs document voter registration activities in the Deep South. Matt Heron's pictures consider direct action by young in the Movement. Bob Fitch's work chronicles grassroots organizing, primarily in association with the efforts of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Charles Moore's images reveal incidents of extreme violence. Robert Sengstacke's images of the separatist response of the Nation of Islam contrast sharply with his photographs of other civil rights activists. Gordon Parks' works are drawn from an assignment by LIFE magazine during 1963 when Parks was traveling with Malcolm X. The exhibition ends with a selection of photographs of Martin Luther King taken by each of the photographers.
The LBJ Library and Museum will augment this exhibition with a symbolic realist mural by artist Wayne Wildcat depicting the Civil Rights Movement as well as recordings of hymns, spirituals and gospel songs that were a unifying force during the era.
We Shall Overcome: Photographs from the American Civil Rights Era was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), and curated by Robert Phelan.
Marchers, Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights, March 21, 1965
Photo by Matt Herron