10.11.2014 - 02.22.2015

Selma to Montgomery: The March for the Right to Vote

A traveling exhibit from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), Selma to Montgomery: A Mach for the Right to Vote features compelling photographs by Spider Martin (1939-2003). An Alabama native who grew up outside of Birmingham, Martin and his Civil Rights photographs helped change the world before he turned age 25.

Martin was a young but seasoned photographer for the Birmingham News at the time of the Selma march. His work in Selma in 1965 appeared in national and international publications, including Life, Time, Look, The Saturday Evening Post, Der Spiegel, Rampart, Paris Match and many others.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. credited Martin's photographs with playing a major role in the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 when he said, "Spider, we could have marched, we could have protested forever, but if it weren't for guys like you, it would have been for nothing. The whole world saw your pictures. That's why the voting rights act was passed."

Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote has traveled to Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New Orleans and Montgomery. The exhibit is curated and circulated by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and made possible, in part, by the City of Birmingham and contributions to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Corporate Campaign. The images are part of BCRI’s permanent collection, and the institute has worked to preserve and share them with the public.

The exhibit consists of 48 black and white images and interpretive material on the Selma to Montgomery march. It is presented at Levine Museum as part of Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now and is supported by media sponsor WFAE 90.7 FM.


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