Special exhibition at Toledo Museum of Art marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

After a year of social tumult and congressional debate, the U.S. Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. In honor of those who fought for the right of all citizens to be treated fairly and equally, the Toledo Museum of Art is presenting a special exhibition of works of art that examine slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement in the United States. People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights features more than 35 works from the Museum’s collection by Elizabeth Catlett, David Levinthal, Gordon Parks, Aminah Robinson, W. Eugene Smith and others who have illuminated and challenged prejudice and bigotry through their prints, photographs and books. The exhibition is on view June 27–Sept. 21 in the Hitchcock Gallery. Admission is free. One highlight is a series of photographs by Ernest C. Withers, according to the show’s organizer Thomas Loeffler,

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