Coming in April 2012

NEH on the Road announces our next exhibit in development -- For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights.  For All the World to See examines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. Civil rights leaders and activists were often exceptionally skillful image-makers, adept at using the authority of pictures to edify, educate, and persuade. In print, on film, on the small screen, and in the pop culture objects of everyday life, visual images showed the world the realities of segregation and racial violence, inspired activists, and fostered African American pride and the Black Power movement.  Through a compelling mix of photographs, television clips, and other historic artifacts, For All the World to See traces how images disseminated in popular magazines like LIFE, JET, and EBONY, and real-time events brought into homes via television coverage helped transform public opinion about racism and racial justice in America.


The exhibit is curated by Dr. Maurice Berger, Project Director and Research Professor, Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture/University of Maryland, Baltimore County and organized by the CADVC/UMBC in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, Washington, D.C.


For more information on how to bring this exhibit to your community, contact Megan at 816-421-1388 ext. 209 or


Ernest C. Withers
Sanitation Workers Assembling for a Solidarity March, Memphis, March 28, 1968
Gelatin silver print, 8 1/2 x 14 3/4 in.

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Museum Purchase


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