Steven Kasher presents the exhibition Selma March 1965 with over 150 original photographs by James Barker, Spider Martin and Charles Moore. The exhibition depicts the three Selma-to-Montgomery marches that rocked the nation and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement in 1965. On March 7th, 1965, Alabama state troopers and a local posse viciously attacked civil rights demonstrators in Selma, stopping a planned peaceful march to the state capitol in Montgomery, wounding many innocent marchers.
Both filmed and photographed, “Bloody Sunday” instantly caused nationwide outrage. A few days later, a second march, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was turned back. A third, ultimately successful march left Selma on March 21, arriving in Montgomery five days later. By then, President Lyndon B. Johnson, pushed by Dr. King and the horrific images of brutality captured by Martin, Moore and others, had introduced the Voting Rights Act to Congress, which became law later that year.
“Together the images on display present a complex, compelling tableau that is both monumental and intimate, brave and vulnerable,” said Steven Kasher. “The exhibit is an inspiring, but also a chilling reminder that those who fight for social justice do it at great risk, with no guarantee that their efforts will be successful – though sometimes they are, if only partially.”
Selma March 1965 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches as well as the Voting Rights Act they catalyzed. It is the 30th public exhibition that Kasher has organized of photography of the Civil Rights Movement.
Selma March 1965
James Barker, Spider Martin and Charles Moore
From March 5th to April 18th 2015
Steven Kasher Gallery
515 W 26th St,
New York NY 10001
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