December 18, 2014  

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Civil rights photos on display in School of Mass Communication and Journalism

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Charles Moore (right) and Ed Wheeler, now emeritus professor, during Moore’s visit to campus in 1990.

“Pictures that Made a Difference:  The Civil Rights Movement,” a rare set of photographs by Charles Moore, will be on display in College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi from April 29 to Sept. 15.

The exhibit opening will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in College Hall 104, the conference room of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.  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. 

“Charles Moore’s photos absolutely changed the country,” said Williams, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography when he worked at the Los Angeles Times.  “This is an important body of work, and the exhibit represents a rare opportunity to see original prints in their full glory. These are powerful pictures.”

Moore 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.
 
“We’re pleased to have the photos on display,” said Steve Haller, curator of historical manuscripts and archives in the McCain Library and Archives.  “It’s an important collection, and it’s timely given the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer that are happening in Hattiesburg this year.”

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.

“For our own students and for the high school students who will be visiting this summer, this represents a great opportunity for future journalists to get a very real feel for the impact that photojournalism can have,” said Dr. Chris Campbell, the school’s director.  “The conference room in our new home in College Hall makes for an excellent exhibit space.”
 
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.