This exhibition includes over 150 photographs and other visual artifacts of African American history, and it illuminates African American life in this country through photos of not only historical and cultural events, but via private, communal ones as well.
Portraits of Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Queen Latifah, and Grace Jones sit alongside images from the civil rights movement, the more recent uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore, and representations of Black Lives Matter. If there’s a common denominator, it’s a reflection of African American culture and identity.
Museum director Lonnie G. Bunch III lauded the exhibit’s ability to bring history to human scale, saying that “photography plays an important role in constructing memory. Images act not only as repositories of memory but also as stimulants and beacons for remembering.”