March 4, 2011 by jrwatson5
The Whole World Was Watching, a photography exhibit tracing the Civil Rights Movement, opens this Saturday at the Menil Collection and The African American Library at the Gregory School. The collected works from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil portray a vivid and haunting account of what it meant to be an African American living in the turbulent South, fighting Jim Crow segregation. Reverend William Lawson, a forerunner of Civil Rights activism in Houston, will speak on the Menil bookstore deck; other highlights include songs by Heritage of Zion Quartet, music by Tierney Malone, and exhibit tours.
What: The Whole World Was Watching: Civil Rights Era Photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil
When: Saturday, March 5 through September 25
Where: Receptions 2-4 p.m. at The African American Library at the Gregory School; 4-6 p.m. at the Menil bookstore.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Additional info: The Whole World Was Watching launches “Freedom Now Project,” Houston’s commemoration of sit-ins, marches, and boycotts that changed the social landscape of the South and help shaped the history of the Civil Rights across the country. WITS joins other nonprofits to present a variety of educational programs, lectures, activities, and events leading up to and extending beyond the May 16th premier of the PBS documentary Freedom Riders.