Monroe Gallery of Photography
Monroe Gallery of Photography



Steve Schapiro
Eyewitness


Martin Luther King, Alabama, 1965
Martin Luther King, Alabama, 1965

Eyewitness is an extensive exhibition of photographs from key moments in the Civil Rights movement by one of the most respected American documentary photographers, Steve Schapiro, February 10 – April 23, 2016

"Eyewitness" celebrates the completion of a project based on James Baldwin’s 1963 book, "The Fire Next Time". Steve Schapiro’s photographs documenting the civil rights movement from 1963 – 1968 are paired with essays from "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin in a major book to be published by Taschen in March. Schapiro’s historic photographs are made more urgent with the recent Presidential campaign and election. President-elect Trump’s recent criticisms of civil-rights leader John Lewis drew widespread criticism and have done little to reassure those uneasy about the transition from the nation’s first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most nonwhite voters, and there are concerns Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions may further roll-back civil-rights protections.

Schapiro covered many stories related the Civil Rights movement, including the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the push for voter registration and the Selma to Montgomery march. Called by Life to Memphis after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Schapiro produced some of the most iconic images of that tragic event. When the civil rights movement came to a crossroads during the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965, photographer Steve Schapiro captured an iconic moment from the march in an image of Dr. Martin Luther King linking arms with fellow civil rights activists John Lewis, the Rev. Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. The image captures the leadership, the unity, and the strength of the civil rights leaders, who faced violence from law enforcement as well as death threats during their fight for voting rights for African Americans.



On the Road, the Selma March, 1965

On the Road, the Selma March, 1965

MLK, Andrew Young, John Lewis, Selma, 1965

MLK, Andrew Young, John Lewis, Selma, 1965

George Wallace in doorway, Tuscaloosa, 1963

George Wallace in doorway, Tuscaloosa, 1963



Segregationists, St. Augustine, Florida, 1964

Segregationists, St. Augustine, Florida, 1964

White Women, Arkansas, 1961

"White Women", Arkansas, 1961

	I Ain’t going....

I Ain’t going....



Freedom Bus, Summer of 1964

Freedom Bus, Summer of 1964

Martin Luther King Sings “We Shall Overcome” in Selma’s Brown Chapel AME Church in March, 1965

Martin Luther King Sings “We Shall Overcome” in Selma’s Brown Chapel AME Church in March, 1965

	Martin Luther King, Jr., (Megaphone), Selma, Alabama, 1965

Martin Luther King, Jr., (Megaphone), Selma, Alabama, 1965



James Baldwin, Harlem, New York, 1963

James Baldwin, Harlem, New York, 1963

James Baldwin with activist James Meredith, Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963, a year after Meredith became the first African American

  student admitted to the University of Mississippi

James Baldwin with activist James Meredith, Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963, a year after Meredith became the first African American student admitted to the University of Mississippi

Jerome Smith in Ruleville, Mississippi, 1963

Jerome Smith in Ruleville, Mississippi, 1963



Fannie Lou Hamer, who  worked closely with the SNCC and was arrested and severely beaten for her voting rights work, 1963

Fannie Lou Hamer, who worked closely with the SNCC and was arrested and severely beaten for her voting rights work, 1963

	Entering Montgomery, Selma March, 1965

Entering Montgomery, Selma March, 1965

Twins Watching the Selma March, 1965

Twins Watching the Selma March, 1965



Flag, Selma March, 1965

Flag, Selma March, 1965

John Lewis, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1963

John Lewis, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1963

John Lewis, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1963

John Lewis, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1963



Martin Luther King Marching for Voting Rights with John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy, Selma, 1965

Martin Luther King Marching for Voting Rights with John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy, Selma, 1965

Boy with Flag, Selma March, 1965

Boy with Flag, Selma March, 1965

Martin Luther King with Andrew Young, Ralph Abernathy, and John Lewis, Selma March, 1965

Martin Luther King with Andrew Young, Ralph Abernathy, and John Lewis, Selma March, 1965



Jackie Robinson, March on Washington, 1963

Jackie Robinson, March on Washington, 1963

Robert F. Kennedy Campaign, California, 1966

Robert F. Kennedy Campaign, California, 1966

Motorcyclist with Kennedy pin, 1966

Motorcyclist with Kennedy pin, 1966



Vote, Selma March,1965

"Vote", Selma March,1965

Rosa Parks, Selma March, 1965

Rosa Parks, Selma March, 1965

Stop Police Killings, Selma March, 1965

"Stop Police Killings", Selma March, 1965



Martin Luther King, Alabama, 1965

Martin Luther King, Alabama, 1965

Martin Luther King Jr's Motel Room Hours After He Was Shot, Memphis, Tennessee 1968

Martin Luther King Jr's Motel Room Hours After He Was Shot, Memphis, Tennessee 1968

Honor King: End Racism

“Honor King: End Racism”



Freedom Rider Jerome Smith, Mississippi, 1965

Freedom Rider Jerome Smith, Mississippi, 1965

Dr. King crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge with reverends Ralph Abernathy and Fred Shuttlesworth, 1965

Dr. King crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge with reverends Ralph Abernathy and Fred Shuttlesworth, 1965

Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of the Selma March, 2015

Edmund Pettus Bridge on the 50th anniversary of the Selma March, 2015



Martin Luther King, Birmingham, Alabama, 1963

Martin Luther King, Birmingham, Alabama, 1963

CORE “Stall-In” during the World’s Fair, New York, 1964

CORE “Stall-In” during the World’s Fair, New York, 1964

Selma crowd with State Troopers, 1965

Selma crowd with State Troopers, 1965



Grant Park, Chicago, Election Night, 2008

Grant Park, Chicago, Election Night, 2008



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