Photography of the Civil Rights Movement at the MS Museum of Art

Photo by Matt Herron. Copyright by the artist. Image courtesy of msmuseumart.org
Photo by Matt Herron. Copyright by the artist. Image courtesy of msmuseumart.org

It’s spring break in Mississippi, and what better way to spend a day off than at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson? This week, the museum is offering half off admission to see their special exhibits, including This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement. With the SFA studying inclusion and exclusion at the Southern table in this year marking the 50th anniversary of restaurant desegregation, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon.

This Light of Ours presents a selection of 157 black-and-white photographs by Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama. In addition, part of the exhibit invites visitors submit their own mementos to A Wall To Tell Our Stories, an in-gallery component that commemorates shared history through family photos, news clippings, and other objects. Spend a morning sifting through your family memory boxes, and then visit the museum to see these powerful photographs in person.