Exhibition Reveals the Power of Images in Civil Rights Movement

September 4, 2011
photo of sanitation workers in Memphis, 1968
Photo caption

Sanitation workers' protest in Memphis, TN, 1968

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights is a multimedia traveling exhibition, curated by Maurice Berger, that explores the historic role of iconic images and visual culture in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for racial equality and justice in the United States from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. It contains scores of photographs, illustrations, audio and video recordings, and objects such as dolls. Associated resources include a website, on-line film festival, and richly illustrated companion book.

The exhibition was at the International Center for Photography in New York City in 2010, the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago from January 17 to May 15, 2011, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History from June 10 to November 27, 2011. Visit the project website for additional venues. The exhibition has received praise in national media such as NPR and in The New York Times.