SELMA to MONTGOMERY MARCH AT 50: Civil Rights Photographs by Matt Herron

February 7, 2015 to March 28, 2015

© Matt Herron 1965

The 1965 Selma marches were pivotal events in the Civil Rights Movement, bringing international attention to the brutality of racist segregation and amplifying Alabama’s denial of voting rights to African Americans. Herron’s powerful photographs conveyed not just the political but the personal impact of this momentous struggle.

Herron’s photographs have appeared in virtually every major picture magazine in the world. Based in Mississippi in the early 60’s, he covered the Civil Rights struggle for Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, and the Saturday Evening Post, as well as providing pictures for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). His photographs are in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the Smithsonian Institution, the High Museum of Art, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

VOTE! © Matt Herron 1965

The historical importance of Selma’s 50th anniversary was magnified by the resurgence of the movement to challenge the anti-Black racism that permeates our society, including the attacks on voting rights that include the Supreme Court gutting of the Voting Rights Act and the passage of voter suppression ID laws across the country.

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Special Thanks & Gratitude to Light Work for their sponsorship and work on this exhibition.

This project was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program,  a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.
SPECIAL BENEFACTORS: Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith, Bousquet Holstein, PLLC and the Reva & David Logan Foundation 
ArtRage collaborated with SUNY Oswego and Syracuse Stage in a program called Race.Place.Being.
Matt Herron Selma to Montgomery March banners on display at ArtRage were curated and circulated by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. This exhibition was made possible, in part, by the City of Birmingham and contributions to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Corporate Campaign.

Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, John & Dolores Brule, Chana Bursztyn, Brian Caufield & Kathy Barry, Dik Cool, Annemarie Deegan, Harry Heilman, David & Jeanne Holstein, the Holtz Family Fund, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, Ann Jamison, Mary Kuhn, Shirley & Larry Novak, Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, George Savage, Laurie Selleck, Vince Sgambati & Jack Stevens, Tupper Property Management, Jeff Unaitis, Ron Van Norstrand, Amy Zamkoff and Anonymous (2)

Carol Baum, Diane Cass & Tim McLaughlin, Kathryn Davis, Bob Gates & Deborah Welsh, Baird & Sarah Hansen, Mary Louise Hartenstein, John & Susan Edwards Harvith, Larry Hoefler, Frank Malfitano, Jack Mannion, Deirdre Neilen, Maggie & Roger Reid, Carole Resnick, Craig Schlanger, Ellen Schwartz, Susan Seamon, Mary Stanley, Rabbi Daniel Fellman, Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, Peter Waack and Susie Weiss