January 28, 2022 - March 16, 2022
Irving Archives and Museum
801 W. Irving Blvd
Irving, TX 75060
I AM A MAN: Civil Rights Photographs in the American South, 1960-1970
Friday, January 28, 2022
Photo: African Americans and a few whites picket Charlotte department stores; elderly woman wears a sash. (Charlotte, NC, 1960; photo courtesy Don Sturkey Photographic Materials #P0070, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library.)
The 1960-1970 decade was a momentous time for the civil rights movement in the American South. It was an historic decade that unleashed both hope for the future and profound change as public spaces were desegregated and as African Americans secured their rights to vote.
"I AM A MAN: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1960–1970" displays a wide range of photographs taken by amateurs, local photojournalists and internationally known photographers. Together, they provide a vivid visual story of the evolution of the civil rights movement and shed light on the movement’s integration in the daily living in the American South.
The decade was a pivotal moment that both marks change, and also reminds us how far we have to go. The photographs in "I Am A Man: Civil Rights Photographs in the American South, 1960–1970" remind us of their enduring resonance today and beyond as future generations continue to fight for justice for all humankind.