Visual images have influenced how Americans see and think about race. So much of what defines race in society is innately visual. For All The World To See focuses on a select number of actions, objects, and episodes that most vividly, or typically, demonstrate the relationship between visual images and the struggle for racial justice during the period of the modern civil rights movement. The adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” was never more valid than in the battle for and against civil rights – the innumerable efforts to prove, or disprove, the idea that racism was a scourge that imperiled both democracy and the future of America. The exhibition is organized into five thematic areas: It Just Keeps on Rollin’ Along: The Status Quo; The Culture of Positive Images; “Let The World See What I’ve Seen”: Evidence and Persuasion; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Broadcasting Race; and In Our Lives We Are Whole: The Images of Everyday Life.
For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights was curated by Maurice Berger, Ph.D. and was organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. The exhibition is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.