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September 20, 2018

Photographer of Civil Rights Movement To Speak At SUNY Oswego


OSWEGO — Matt Herron, whose photographs of the Civil Rights Movement in the mid-1960s have appeared in publications around the globe, will give a free artist’s talk at 7 p.m. March 24, in SUNY Oswego’s Marano Campus Center auditorium, as part of the college’s semester-long exploration of race and identity titled “Race. Place. Being.”

Matt Herron

Matt Herron

As a young man, Herron volunteered to help document black Americans’ struggle for voting and other rights on behalf of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee.

Among the many demonstrations and incidents he photographed was the Selma-to-Montgomery March, whose 50th anniversary is March 25. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators the 54 miles to the Alabama State Capitol, less than three weeks after the first attempt was turned back violently on “Bloody Sunday” in Selma.

Herron’s now-iconic work appears on large banners, on loan from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, at the “Apartheid and Identity: Race. Place. Being.” exhibition at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse and elsewhere on campus through March 28.

Parking for Herron’s appearance is available in the employee and commuter lots in front of Culkin Hall and behind Hart and Funnelle residence halls.

The banners bearing Herron’s photographs appear thanks to a partnership of Syracuse Stage, ArtRage Gallery on Hawley Avenue in Syracuse and SUNY Oswego and its Metro Center.

Some of the banners and many of Herron’s photographs also hang in ArtRage in an exhibition titled “Selma to Montgomery: Civil Rights Photographs by Matt Herron,” wrapping up March 28. Syracuse Stage’s Sutton Pavilion is displaying two of the banners during the run of  the apartheid-era play “Sizwe Banzi Is Dead,” whose finale is March 15.

Herron also will appear at ArtRage Gallery, at 7 p.m. March 25.

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