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Feb. 11, 2010 Volume 31, No. 19

Photo exhibits highlight Black History Month

Mizzou is commemorating Black History Month this February, and two special exhibits will display historical photographic images that both celebrate and honor the history of the civil rights movement in Missouri and throughout the country.

The exhibits, “Documenting the Black Experience in Small Town Missouri,” presented by the Missouri Photo Workshop, and “Dream, Hope, Change: Photographs Honoring the African American Culture and Experience,” presented by Pictures of the Year International, draw from their respected archives poignant images describing the life and times of African Americans in our society throughout the last six decades.

“The images touch the chords of universal human experience. There will be ways that some pictures will resonate with each person in a very personal way,” says David Rees, co-director of the photo workshop.

The exhibit will be on display on the second floor of Ellis Library throughout February, with a few additional prints in the foyer of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The second exhibit pairs the milestones of black leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama with snapshots of a vibrant African-American life and community. It will be displayed in the main lobby of the Reynolds Journalism Institute with a smaller portion shown on the second floor of Ellis Library throughout the month of February.