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Protest in Montgomery
This exhibition and catalogue of drawings commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights protest in Montgomery. In March 1956, New York artists Harvey Dinnerstein (b. 1928) and Burt Silverman (b. 1928) traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to record in drawings the bus boycott by the African American citizens of Montgomery that had begun on December 5, 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Through this act of resistance, the modern Civil Rights Movement was born. The Movement was led by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who had recently arrived in Montgomery, and was appointed to lead the boycott and head the Montgomery Improvement Association. Dinnerstein and Silverman made approximately 90 drawings depicting the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery. Although several of the drawings have been published and displayed in museums and galleries over the years, Protest in Montgomery presents the first large-scale showing of this landmark body of work. The catalogue will contain historical text by Clayborne Carson, editor of the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.