Ernest C. Withers, American, 1922 – 2007, Memorial March After Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Main Street, Memphis, April 8, 1968, Gelatin silver print, printed from original negative in 1999, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase with funds provided by Ernest and Dorothy Withers, Panopti

Black Resistance: Ernest C. Withers and the Civil Rights Movement

Events
Repeats daily from Feb 3, 2018 until Aug 19, 2018
Feb 3, 2018
Aug 19, 2018
1934 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38104

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is honored to participate in a city-wide observance of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by exhibiting iconic photographs taken by Ernest C. Withers which captured the sanitation strike that brought Dr. King to Memphis. Opening February 3 and on view into August, Withers' powerful photographs will be on view in Black Resistance: Ernest C. Withers and the Civil Rights Movement. Black Resistance focuses on and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the events from March 27 through April 8, 1968. A wall of sanitation workers carrying "I AM A MAN" placards and police in riot gear on the 28th; Dr. King returning to Memphis on the 3rd; giving his historic "Mountaintop" speech at the Mason Temple;and the memorial march to City Hall on the 8th are among his evocative, iconic images. 

Visitors to the Brooks will experience some of the defining moments in civil rights history in Memphis-the sanitations workers' strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through these photographs and other memorabilia.