Imaging Civil Rights Protest—1900 – 2020
with Deborah Willis
Tuesday, December 7, 2020 • Monday, December 14, 2020
5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
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We will survey historic images, mostly photographic, which document the influential leaders and events of the civil rights movement. These images were intended to promote racial justice, end segregation, establish voting rights, and call attention to extreme poverty within Black communities in the United States and South Africa.
Deborah Willis is professor and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she teaches photography & imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories. The recipient of a MacArthur and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Willis is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, and co-author of The Black Female Body A Photographic History; Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs. She has appeared in and consulted on media projects including the documentary Through A Lens Darkly and Question Bridge: Black Males, which received the ICP Infinity Award 2015, and American Photography, a PBS documentary.