Patt Morrison for December 21, 2009

Road to Freedom: images of the civil rights movement

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Civil Rights movement

Some of the most amazing images in our country’s history document a 12 year span on the road to freedom, a seminal time in the civil rights movement. From the Montgomery bus boycott, to the freedom rides in the Deep South and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., these photographs, on exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center, show us the power of those events first hand. Featuring nearly 170 extraordinary images, visitors will see how these illustrations played a pivotal role in shaping public opinion, promoting solidarity, and raising awareness of injustice.


Erin Clancey, associate curator for the Skirball Cultural Center

Terrence Roberts, one of the original "Little Rock 9," who at the age of fifteen, desegregated Central High School in Little Rock under the protection of the United States Army. He later moved to Los Angeles, graduating from Los Angeles High and the California State University.

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