Coinciding with Two Civil Rights Exhibitions: One National, One Local
November 4, 2015 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum will hold the Florida Blue Community Conversation “For the Love of St. Pete: Emerging From the Past, Embracing an Inclusive Future” on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum, featuring author Peter Kageyama and other local influencers.
The new event will complement the two Civil Rights-related exhibitions: This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement and The FHM original exhibition Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay. Both exhibitions will be on display through December 1, 2015.
“Beaches, Benches and Boycotts is the first exhibition to focus on the Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay and Sarasota. Through the exhibitions, we hope to engage our communities in conversations about our shared history, a first step toward creating a future without intolerance and hate,” said Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director of The Florida Holocaust Museum.
“For the Love of St. Pete: Emerging From the Past, Embracing an Inclusive Future”
A Florida Blue Community Conversation
Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at The FHM, 55 Fifth Street S, St. Petersburg
FREE and open to the public
In this Florida Blue Community Conversation, Peter Kageyama headlines a panel of local influencers who will focus on St. Petersburg’s past and explore what a successful future community might look like.
Panelists include Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities; Larry Biddle, a leading national fundraiser for nonprofit and political organizations including the Metro Wellness LGBTQ Welcome Center; and Canaan McCaslin and Angela Leider, two of the leaders of the new think tank St. Pete Forward.
RSVP requested, call (727) 820-0100 ext. 301.
Community Conversations are made possible by support from Florida Blue.
About This Light of Ours
This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, generously presented by Bank of America, shows the Civil Rights Movement through the work and voices of nine activist photographers – men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement from within the movement.
Unlike images produced by photojournalists who covered breaking news events, most of the photographers in this exhibition were affiliated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and documented its activities by focusing on the student activists and local people who together made the movement happen.
The exhibition is comprised of 157 black and white photographs, the majority of which were taken in Mississippi and Alabama from 1963 to 1966.
Clearwater resident Bob Fletcher is one of the photographers whose work is featured in This Light of Ours. He documented “Bloody Sunday” in Selma and spent over two decades capturing the Civil Rights Movement from Harlem to Mississippi, and also went overseas to film the black culture and the struggle for independence in Africa. Fletcher went to law school at New York University in 1987 and currently practices law in New York and Florida.
This Light of Ours is an exhibition organized by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art. Major support for the exhibition has been provided by the Bruce W. Bastian Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About Beaches, Benches and Boycotts
Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay, an original exhibition of The Florida Holocaust Museum presented by the Tampa Bay Times, is on display in conjunction with This Light of Ours.
The focus of most Civil Rights history is written about places like Alabama and Mississippi, as if few challenges occurred elsewhere. Tampa Bay remained racially segregated at the dawn of the Civil Rights era and many local institutions and establishments held out on integration for several years after Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Under “Jim Crow” every aspect of African American life in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and the surrounding cities was segregated, including neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, restaurants, beaches, and more.
The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay may have had characteristics similar to other areas of the South, but its stories are its own. Beaches, Benches and Boycotts features documents, advertisements, photographs and other memorabilia that accurately present the history of Civil Rights in our Tampa Bay-Sarasota communities, while illuminating our region’s struggle with racial equality and shining a light on the local leaders who changed our cities.
Special thanks to media partners Tampa Bay Times, Bright House Networks, and The Weekly Challenger, as well as support from the State of Florida for making these exhibitions possible. Additional thanks to Community Partners Watergarden Inn and Sylvia’s Restaurant for their support.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.