Marx Library Hosts Alabama Historian Scotty Kirkland
Posted on November 17, 2021
The Mobile Museum of Art welcomes Alabama historian Scotty E. Kirkland to the University of South Alabama’s Marx Library for a lecture about state and local Civil Rights history inspired by the special exhibition, Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in Mobile, 1956.
Sponsors for the event include the University of South Alabama Department of History, Office of Community Engagement, Department of Art and Art History, African American Studies Program and Honors College.
The lecture is December 2, 2021, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Kirkland is the coordinator of exhibitions, publications, and programs at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. He authored the catalog for the award-winning bicentennial exhibition, We the People: Alabama’s Defining Document, and is currently working on a book on politics and race in twentieth-century Mobile.
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in Mobile, 1956 is an exhibition of photographs that document the everyday activities and rituals of one extended black family, the Thorntons, in Mobile and Shady Grove, Alabama, during segregation. Life magazine asked Parks to shoot the photo essay shortly after the Montgomery bus boycotts. The photographs were published in 1956 and became known around the work for helping inspire the national civil rights movement. The exhibition closes on December 30, 2021.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, guests may attend in-person or via Zoom. RSVPs are highly encouraged; please respond at www.MobileMuseumofArt.com/scotty-kirkland.
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