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Opening Reception: “I AM A MAN” Civil Rights Photographs, 1960-1970

February 8, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The images in this collection offer a glimpse into the courage and brutality of the 1960s, a decade that unleashed hope for the future as well as profound and tumultuous changes. Viewers will recognize photographs of protesters carrying signs with messages such as “I AM A MAN” or sitting at segregated lunch counters as iconic, familiar images associated with the Civil Rights Movement.

An inter-institutional team of researchers led by Professor Emeritus Bill Ferris collected these photographs for a recent exhibit at the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, France. For our opening reception, we will be joined by Doris Derby, acclaimed photographer of the Civil Rights Movement. Join us as we pay tribute to the students, organizers, journalists, and ordinary citizens who risked their lives to end Jim Crow segregation within the American South.

This event is free and open to the public. Photographs will remain on display through May 2019.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: UNC University Libraries, Department of History, Institute for African American Research, Black Communities Conference, and Southern Cultures.


February 8, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Center for the Study of the American South @ the Love House & Hutchins Forum
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Chapel Hill, 27514 United States
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