The exhibit will feature photographs by Spider Martin, the world-renowned photo journalist who covered the Selma to Montgomery March and the Civil Rights Movement starting in 1965. The photographs will be exhibited along with more recent photographs of Selma "foot soldiers" by Jim Gavenus, LCCC assistant professor and internationally-recognized documentary photographer. This is the first time that photographs taken by Martin and Gavenus will be exhibited together. In addition, many of Martin's images that will be included in the display will be exhibited for the first time. The exhibit is coming to LCCC courtesy of The Spider Martin Civil Rights Collection and Arts Revive Cultural Arts Center in Selma, Alabama.
Several items from the National Voting Rights Museum located in Selma, Alabama also will be displayed including shoes and other clothing worn by the foot soldiers, arrest records, photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, a billy club, and handwritten notes from some of the marchers.
The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, January 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Schulman Gallery. Gavenus will present a gallery talk during the opening reception at 7 p.m. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Sponsors and partners for the Selma to Montgomery exhibit at LCCC include the local chapter of the NAACP, LCCC Diversity Council, Northeast PA Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC), LCCC Alumni Association, Geisinger Health Foundation, LCCC Student Activities Office, Luzerne Foundation, and PNC Bank.