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 Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March
 by Stephen Somerstein

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Harry Belafonte.  Photo by:  Gerald Peart 2015
Harry Belafonte
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Civil Rights leader Harry Belafonte delivered remarks at opening reception for Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein

 January 15, 2015

Harry Belafonte and Stephen Somerstein.  Photo by:  Gerald Peart 2015
Harry Belafonte and Stephen Somerstein
Neva Shillingford-King and NYC Council member Andy King.  Photo by:  Gerlad Peart 2015
Neva Shillingford-King and NYC Council member Andy King

The New-York Historical Society and the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College hosted a photography exhibition opening honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the protest that changed the course of civil rights in America. On view from January 16 through April 19, 2015, the exhibition Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein  features forty-six black and white and color photographs, which document the quest for equality and social justice over the five-day march. Harry Belafonte delivered remarks.

Guests included:  Louise Mirrer, New-York Historical Society President & CEO, Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director, Center for Black Literature, and Stephen Somerstein, photographer, Helen Appel, Jacqueline Adams, Harry Belafonte, Shelia Hopkins, Neva Shillingford-King and NYC Council member Andy King, Patricia Klingenstein, Bonnie Reiss, Rick Reiss, NYC Council member Helen Rosenthal, Pam Schafler, Kimberly Ayers Shariff, Ernest Tollerson
The New-York Historical Society, one of America's pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
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