Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

The Briscoe Center For American History

Struggle for Justice: Four Decades of Civil Rights Photography

PHOTO: Women sing freedom songs during the Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. Charles L. Moore, Charles L. Moore Photographic Archive.

The Briscoe Center for American History's exhibition Struggle for Justice: Four Decades of Civil Rights Photography will open to the public November 10, 2017. The exhibition will feature images from the Briscoe Center's vast photojournalism collections that provide extensive visual evidence of the struggles, flashpoints, and achievements in the civil rights movement. Spanning four decades, the exhibition will include images by Spider Martin, Flip Schulke, and Charles Moore, as well as others whose work captured the struggle for civil rights–from Jim Crow to the Black Power movement.                

Struggle for Justice reflects an impressive array of unique sources that focus on five areas: signs of segregation, organizations and leaders of the civil rights movement, the risks and threat of violence that rights activists faced from their fellow Americans, marches and protests (including Birmingham and Selma in 1963 and Tommie Smith and John Carlos's Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics), and finally a section that documents the contemporary achievements of the movement. 

Struggle for Justice: Four Decades of Civil Rights Photography is brought to you in part by the generosity of Mr. Alec Rhodes and Ms. Jane Hilfer.

The Luzerne County Community College Schulman Gallery

Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote


In recognition of Black History Month, the Luzerne County Community College Schulman Gallery will host a photography exhibit, "Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote" from Friday, January 19 through Wednesday, February 21.

The exhibit will feature photographs by Spider Martin, the world-renowned photo journalist who covered the Selma to Montgomery March and the Civil Rights Movement starting in 1965. The photographs will be exhibited along with more recent photographs of Selma "foot soldiers" by Jim Gavenus, LCCC assistant professor and internationally-recognized documentary photographer. This is the first time that photographs taken by Martin and Gavenus will be exhibited together. In addition, many of Martin's images that will be included in the display will be exhibited for the first time. The exhibit is coming to LCCC courtesy of The Spider Martin Civil Rights Collection and ArtsRevive Cultural Arts Center in Selma, Alabama.

Several items from the National Voting Rights Museum located in Selma, Alabama also will be displayed including shoes and other clothing worn by the foot soldiers, arrest records, photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, a billy club, and handwritten notes from some of the marchers.

The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, January 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Schulman Gallery. Gavenus will present a gallery talk during the opening reception at 7 p.m. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Sponsors and partners for the Selma to Montgomery exhibit at LCCC include the local chapter of the NAACP, LCCC Diversity Council, Northeast PA Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC), LCCC Alumni Association, LCCC Student Activities Office, and PNC Bank.

Permanent Exhibitions

Collections of Spider Martin's photographs are in the permanent archives of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the Briscoe Center for American History.