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First Friday: “Fertile Ground” By Doris Derby
October 2, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - October 30, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Dr. Doris A. Derby, a documentary photographer and civil rights activist, will donate an historic photograph from the civil rights era to The University of Alabama during the opening reception of an exhibit featuring her photographs.
Images featured in the University Gallery exhibition include ones which depict the people, places and activities of the following civil rights organizations based in Mississippi: the Mississippi Action Program (Headstart pre-school), the Liberty House Handcraft and Marketing Cooperatives of the Poor Peoples Corporation; the Delta Ministry; the Free Southern Theater, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; and a collage of Derby’s Civil Rights activities. Derby took these photographs between 1963 and 1972. According to Derby, “The everyday work of local people was as important to the civil rights movement as were the more familiar leaders, and the dramatic protests and confrontations, yet these scenes are not part of our collective memory of the movement.”
Co-sponsors include: University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences, New College, the UA Diversity Committee, the Departments of American Studies, Art and Art History, and Gender and Race Studies, the Summersell Center for the Study of the South. Crossroads will be listed on the publicity materials as Crossroads Community Center, Division of Community Affairs.