Mediated Rights: Transformative Images from Selma to Ferguson

Thursday, March 31 fr0m 8:30 10:30pm

Photographic and filmic images played a major role in the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s. Today, digital photography and video as well as social media platforms have major influence on the struggle for racial equality in the United States. At the same time, images from earlier struggles, preserved in and disseminated by various archives, continue to exert a force on contemporary understandings of what it means to act against a system that devalues certain bodies and lives. “Mediated Rights: The Transformative Power of Images from Selma to Ferguson” brings together filmmakers, activists, archivists, and scholars who have worked with photography and film from the Civil Rights era to discuss the ways in which various media have served the struggle for African American rights in the United States. Ruta Abolins and Sheila McAlister of the Civil Rights Digital Library, filmmaker Shola Lynch, and Professor Andrea Young will talk about their work with civil rights materials, after which Professor Ellen Scott will moderate a discussion about the role of media and the media archive in the ongoing struggle for civil rights.

Sponsored by the Documentary Studies Scholarly Interest Group, the African/African American Caucus, the Caucus on Class, and the Media Literacy + Pedagogical Outreach Scholarly Interest Group, and by SCMS. Thanks also to liquid blackness, the GSU Department of Communication, and the Civil Rights Digital Library.

Organized by Jaimie Baron, Stephen Charbonneau, Samantha Sheppard, Ellen Scott, and Alessandra Raengo

Kopleff Recital Hall
Georgia State University
10 Peachtree Center Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

FREE and open to the public.