September 1, 2014  

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Civil Rights Photo Exhibit Opening Moved to April 30

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Because of inclement weather expected for the Hattiesburg area today, the exhibit opening for "Pictures that Made a Difference:  The Civil Rights Movement," a rare set of photographs by Charles Moore, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in College Hall room 104 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. It will be on display in College Hall  until Sept. 15.

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism is sponsoring the exhibit. USM Professor Emeritus Ed Wheeler, alumni photojournalist Jamie Bates and photojournalist in residence Clarence Williams will discuss the photos and their relationships with Moore.

Moore's iconic civil rights photos appeared in Life magazine and in newspapers across the United States.  He donated the photographs, one of just 25 signed and numbered sets, to Wheeler, longtime head of the photojournalism program, after a visit to the photojournalism program in 1990. Wheeler gifted the photos to the McCain Library and Archives in 1998.

The exhibit will be on display during the School of Mass Communication and Journalism's summer workshop for high school students, which will be held June 15-22.  Participants in the workshop will cover a conference sponsored by the USM Center for Black Studies that will commemorate Freedom Summer June 19-21.

The exhibit opening is free and open to the public. The exhibit is otherwise available for viewing by appointment. To arrange an appointment, call the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at 601.266.6283. For additional information, contact Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the USM School of Mass Communication and Journalism, at 601.266.6283 or chiristopher.campbell@usm.edu<mailto:chiristopher.campbell@usm.edu>.