Book Event: This Light of our Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement
14th & V | Langston Room | July 24, 2014 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Teaching for Change  Bookstore  at Busboys and Poets  welcomes  Matt Herron, Julian Bond, Aviva Kempner, and a panel moderated by Askia Muhammad  to discuss the book,

This Light of our Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement is a paradigm-shifting publication that presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work of nine activist photographers-men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement from within the movement. Unlike images produced by photojournalists, who covered breaking news events, these photographers lived within the movement-primarily within the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) framework-and documented its activities by focusing on the student activists and local people who together made it happen.

The core of the book is a selection of 150 black-and-white photographs, representing the work of photographers Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama. Images are grouped around four movement themes and convey SNCC's organizing strategies, resolve in the face of violence, impact on local and national politics, and influence on the nation's consciousness.

The photographs and texts of This Light of Ours remind us that the movement was a battleground, that the battle was successfully fought by thousands of "ordinary" Americans among whom were the nation's courageous youth, and that the movement's moral vision and impact continue to shape our lives.

Free and open to all.


Institute for Policy Studies 

Lessons of the 60's Project 

NAACP - Washington D.C. Branch 

SNCC Legacy Project


Teaching for Change 

Busboys and Poets

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