The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 20, 2019


New-York Historical Society showcases photographs from the 1965 Civil Rights March
Stephen Somerstein, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking to 25,000 civil rights marchers in Montgomery, 1965. Courtesy of the photographer.


NEW YORK, NY.- The New-York Historical Society will showcase a powerful selection of photographs by Stephen Somerstein that chronicle the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights March, honoring the 50th anniversary of the protest that changed the course of civil rights in America. On view from January 16 through April 19, 2015, the exhibition Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein will feature the work of the 24-year-old City College student, who felt he had to document “what was going to be a historic event.” He accompanied the marchers, gaining unfettered access to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, James Baldwin, Joan Baez, and Bayard Rustin.

Through 55 black and white and color photographs, Freedom Journey 1965 will document the quest for equality and social justice over the five-day march. Then the managing editor and picture editor of the City College newspaper, Stephen Somerstein recalls “When Dr. King called on Americans to join him in a massive protest march to Montgomery, I knew that important, nation-changing history was unfolding and I wanted to capture its power and meaning with my camera.”

The Selma-to-Montgomery March marked a peak of the American civil rights movement. From March 21 to March 25, 1965, hundreds of people marched from Selma to the State Capitol Building in Montgomery, Alabama to protest against the resistance that the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and other groups had encountered in their mission to register black voters. By March 25, the group had grown to 25,000 people, which Dr. King addressed from the steps of the Montgomery State Capitol. Three months later, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Somerstein took approximately 400 photographs over the five-day, 54 mile march. Exhibition highlights include images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressing the crowd of 25,000 civil rights marchers in Montgomery; folk singer Joan Baez, standing before a line of state troopers blocking the entrance to the State Capitol; white hecklers yelling and gesturing at marchers; families watching the march from their porches; and images of young and old alike participating in the demonstration.

Somerstein pursued a career in physics, building space satellites at the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Lockheed Martin Co. Upon retiring, Somerstein revisited the Selma photographs. Though he had sold a few of them, the majority were not showcased until he participated in a civil rights exhibition at the San Francisco Art Exchange in 2010. “I realized that I had numerous iconic and historic photographs that I wanted to share with the public,” says Somerstein.






Today's News

January 16, 2015

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts features new works from the life estate of Paul Mellon

Rediscovered Shintu painting exhibited in Edinburgh for the first time in fifty years

Christie's to offer exceptional works on paper from the Triton Collection Foundation

Five major works by Claude Monet lead Sotheby's London Evening Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art

Nationalmuseum Sweden announces new acquisition: Watercolours by Ivar Arosenius

Zurich Asia to present rare stamps and philatelic treasures in February Hong Kong sale

Exhibition features revolutionary American art from the era of the Great Depression

New-York Historical Society showcases photographs from the 1965 Civil Rights March

Outstanding medieval stone relief acquired for Somerset after garden find

Metro Pictures in New York opens exhibition of works by artist John Miller

Group exhibition of works inspired by Marsden Hartley opens at Driscoll Babcock Galleries

Bruce Museum to celebrate with special penguin lecture, 3D-printing demonstration

One hundred books famous in children's literature on view at the Grolier Club

Promise of Palm Trees: A group exhibition opens at Breese Little

Art world remains optimistic for 2015 after a bumper year for sales

Berry Campbell announces the representation of Perle Fine in New York

For Palestinian cartoonists, religion is off limits

Kunsthaus Zrich records 300,000 visitors and launches new programme

Exhibition of Australian artist Ben Quilty's work opens at Pearl Lam Galleries

Elite Decorative Arts owner fined $1.5 million for selling rhino horns

The relationship between design and art

Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton's Cumbrian material gathered for exhibition

Ben Brown Fine Arts presents first UK solo exhibition of Kitty Chou's work

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lvy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful