Danny Lyon, a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) photographer, documented the 1960s civil rights movement in the South with images of the March on Washington, lunch counter sit-ins, demonstrations for voter registration, even a photograph taken in Greenwood, Miss., of Bob Dylan playing guitar while Freedom Singer Bernice Reagon (leader of Sweet Honey in the Rock) listens. UA Pulaski Tech, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, opens the art2art exhibition of Lyon’s work, “Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement,” on Friday, Jan. 26, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in its Center for the Humanities and the Arts.
Paired with the Lyon exhibition is “A Peace of My Mind: American Stories,” a multimedia project/book by photographer John Noltner that includes the answers of dozens of people to the question, “What does peace mean to you? One of those 55 is Kathy Webb, who was interviewed after her six years in the Arkansas Legislature and prior to her election to the City Board of Directors. A partial quote:
As a legislator, you have to deal with all kinds of people and, if you want to be effective, you have to realize that good people can have different ideas. You may be voting against a bill one day or someone may be voting against a bill that you brought up, but you need their vote the next day on something else. I try not to judge others the way people have judged me. I try to be open to working with all kinds of people.
There’s little peace in legislative bodies today.
As part of the reception, there will be a book signing, remarks from Noltner and Webb and live music by Pulaski Tech teacher and saxophonist Barry McVinney and pianist Tom Cox.
Here’s more information about Lyon from the Tech press release:
In the summer of 1962, Danny Lyon packed a Nikon Reflex and an old Leica in an army bag and hitchhiked south. Within a week he was in jail in Albany, Georgia, looking through the bars at another prisoner, Martin Luther King, Jr. Lyon soon became the first staff photographer for the Atlanta-based Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which already had a reputation as one of the most committed and confrontational groups fighting for civil rights.
A giant of post-War documentary photography and film, Brooklyn, NY, native Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A self-taught photographer and a graduate of the University of Chicago, Lyon began his photographic career in the early 1960s as the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a national group of college students who joined together after the first sit-in by four African American college students at a North Carolina lunch counter. From 1963 to 1964, Lyon traveled the South and Mid-Atlantic regions documenting the Civil Rights Movement. The photographs were published in The Movement, a documentary book about the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and later in Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, Lyon’s own memoir of his years working for the SNCC.