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Civil Rights Exhibit Displays The Power Of Popular Media

May 9, 2012

In 1955, Emmitt Till was a young boy visiting family in the South, and was brutally murdered. After his death, his mother made the decision to send the explicit photos of his autopsy to the media, saying, “Let the world see what I’ve seen.”

On this Wednesday's Central Standard we discuss the civil rights exhibit currently on display at the Wyandotte County Museum called For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, the latest touring exhibition developed by M-AAA’s NEH on the Road program. Inside you’ll find ads from the 50's that you'd never see AMC's Mad Men working on, memorable photographs from the civil rights movement, classic footage of Black performers on the Ed Sullivan show, and more.

For today's conversation we're joined by Leslie Przybylek, Creative Director for the Mid-American Arts Alliance, and from the Wyandotte County Historical Museum, director Patricia Schurkamp, director, and curator Jennifer Laughlin.

The exhibit will travel nationally through 2017, but its first venue is here at the Wyandotte County Historical Museum at 631 North 126th Street in Bonner Springs, Kansas through May 25, 2012.