Welcome to the For All the World to See website. Through a host of media—including photographs, television and film, magazines, newspapers, posters, books, and pamphlets—For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights explores the historic role of visual culture in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for racial equality and justice in the United States from the late-1940s to the mid-1970s. The project includes a traveling exhibition, website, online film festival, and richly illustrated companion book.
For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights is organized by Dr. Maurice Berger, Research Professor and Chief Curator, CADVC for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
For All the World to See was named the Outstanding Exhibition in a University Museum 2010 from the Association of Art Museum Curators. Its companion book was named Choice Outstanding Academic Title, Art and Architecture by the American Library Association.
The full-scale exhibition traveled to six venues: International Center of Photography, New York; DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago; National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County; National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis; Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA. A smaller, lower-security version of the exhibition, organized by Dr. Berger for the NEH on the Road initiative, will travel to an addition 45 venues through 2023.
Ernest C. Withers. Sanitation Workers Assembling for a Solidarity March, Memphis, March 28, 1968. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Museum Purchase