The Civil Rights Movement Through the Lens of Julius Lester

Apr 20, 2017


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Lester photographed major portions of the black South and the civil rights movement from 1964 to 1968, when he was a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). “Influenced by Walker Evans and the photographers of the Farm Security Administration, I set out to document the South as it entered a period of profound change,” he wrote. “The ideal of freedom that was so fervently believed in was liberation from the obscenity of white racial superiority, and whites needed to be liberated from that as much, if not more, than blacks.” This exhibition draws from the poignant images of black people and their surroundings that he shot in his capacity as photographer for SNCC.