Monday, February 5, 2018

RVCCArts: March to Freedom, photo exhibit

He left, through the power of his camera and with a quick eye, images that will educate and sensitize unborn generations.  —John Lewis, Civil Rights Leader and U.S. Congressman

March to Freedom

March to Freedom: Photo Exhibition

WHEN: February 1-28: Ongoing Photo Exhibition
RVCC Theatre Lobby, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg
ADMISSION: FREE Reservation Required
Recommended Ages 11+ 

In 1965, renowned photojournalist James "Spider" Martin was the youngest freelance photographer at the Birmingham News, where he covered everything from Alabama football to country club social events. Witnessing the violent treatment of peaceful protestors had a profound effect on Martin's career. His images of Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965, in Selma, Alabama, galvanized public opinion in support of the protesters. Martin joined the historic march from Selma to Montgomery later that month in two capacities: as a member of the media and as a participant in the struggle for racial equality.

Through Martin's camera and the words of Congressman John Lewis, former head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), March to Freedom follows a determined group of marchers, both black and white, as they tried on three different occasions to take their cause to the steps of the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery.

Admission is free. Individuals are welcome to attend during college open hours. Groups are invited to reserve a time by calling the box office at 908-725-3420 (weekdays, 11-4) or emailing

March to Freedom is an exhibition by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin and the LBJ Presidential Library, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Martin's photographs from March 1965 are part of the Briscoe Center's extensive photojournalism holdings.