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This article was written on 28 Feb 2012, and is filled under Past Exhibitions.

Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall

Faces of Freedom Summer by Herbert Randall

 

Special loan from The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art

February 29 – March 23

Reception for the artist in the Crossman Gallery: February 29 from 5-7 pm

February 28, 5:30 pm, CA room 30
Film screening of Eyes on the Prize and overview of Mr. Randall’s photographic work by Dean Mark McPhail. Remarks by Mr. Randall.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/eyesontheprize/sources/ps_summer.html

In the spring of 1964, Herbert Eugene Randall, Jr., a talented young African and Native American photographer, had been awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship for Creative Photography. Using this fellowship, Randall was to spend a year photographically documenting contemporary Negro life. Shortly after receiving the fellowship, he met Sanford Rose “Sandy” Leigh, a Field Secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and director of the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in Hattiesburg. Upon their meeting, Leigh suggested that Randall use his fellowship to photograph Freedom Summer activities in Hattiesburg.

Herbert Randall did just that. During the summer of 1964, Randall not only documented the social and political efforts of the Hattiesburg Project, but also vividly depicted the hardships of Negro life in a racially discriminating Mississippi.

In June of 1999, Herbert Randall returned to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to attend “Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall,” an exhibit of selected images from Randall’s Freedom Summer photographs. In 2001, The University of Alabama Press published a book entitled Faces of Freedom Summer, which features the photographs included in the exhibit.

Mr. Randall’s visit to UW-Whitewater is sponsored by the College of Arts and Communication Visiting Artist Program. The photograph above is from: Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photographs, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

See additional photos of the exhibit and Mr. Randall’s visit at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Crossman-Gallery/164095188962

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