Movements for Change: The Bob Fitch Photography Archive at Stanford Libraries

September 8, 2014 in News

If you are in the Bay Area, you might like to check out this exhibition of Bob Fitch’s iconic photos from the civil rights movement. More information is below.

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Movements for Change
The Bob Fitch Photography Archive at Stanford Libraries
september 30, 2014 – february 21, 2015
Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Stanford University

Movements for Change features photographs of key people and moments in the U.S. civil rights movement, farmworker organizing, and the peace movement of the 1960s and 1970s by Watsonville photographer Bob Fitch. Fitch was a seminary student in the mid-1960s when he began working as an activist photographer. From his first volunteer assignment for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1965, through documenting Luis Alejo’s 2010 campaign for a seat in the California State Assembly, Fitch’s photographs reveal and celebrate the people who make up movements for change. The Fitch archive was acquired for the Stanford University Libraries’ research collections in 2013. Movements for Change displays iconic images that many will recognize as well as rarely seen photographs that provide context to well-known historical events.

Presented by the Stanford University Libraries with support from the Department of History, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute.
Top: Cesar Chavez waves an American flag to counter Red-baiting during an organizing rally. Salinas, California, 1970. Above left: Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, practices nonviolent resistance at a United Farm Workers picket. Lamont, California, August 1973. Above right: Martin Luther King Jr. in his Southern Christian Leadership Conference office. On the wall is a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, whose practice and teaching of nonviolent direct action inspired King’s work. Atlanta, Georgia, 1966. Photographs by Bob Fitch.

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