Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

June 30, 2018 - September 9, 2018

A giant of post-War documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A self-taught photographer and a graduate of the University of Chicago, Lyon began his photographic career in the early 1960s as the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a national group of college students who joined together after the first sit-in by four African American college students at a North Carolina lunch counter.

From 1963 to 1964, Lyon traveled the South and Mid-Atlantic regions documenting the Civil Rights Movement. The photographs were published in The Movement, a documentary book about the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and later in Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement (1993), Lyon’s own memoir of his years working for the SNCC.

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Wilmington 1968 Sourcebook

The Wilmington 1968 Sourcebook is more than just a catalog for the Wilmington 1968 trio of exhibitions. The Sourcebook, compiled by Simone Austin and featuring essays from Ms. Austin as well as Dr. Jordan Howell and artist Hank Willis Thomas, is a collection of documents, photos and writing that shed light on Wilmington’s history during the Civil Rights movement. This book details the events that led to the National Guard occupation of Wilmington, Delaware and explores the occupation and its aftermath. $60.

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Published by the Delaware Art Museum
Compiled by Simon Austin
Designed by Candice Kearns
Edited by Deborah Krieger and Margaret Winslow
ISBN 9780996067652

ORGANIZER & SPONSORS

The exhibition includes 57 photographs and is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. Sponsored by WSFS Bank, Bank of America, and DuPont. Additional support is provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.