Award-winning photographer Sheila Pree Bright comes to Charlotte to share her experiences on the ground documenting history in the making. In 2013, while photographing under-recognized living leaders of the Civil Rights movement, Bright made a connection between today’s times and the climate of the 1960s. This observation inspired her groundbreaking photographic project #1960Now.


5:00 pm – View exhibition | wine & cheese
6:00 pm – Lecture | Q&A

In 2015, Bright documented the Black Lives Matter Movement and disruptions around the country that resulted from shootings of unarmed victims caught on video. She observed young social activists taking a stand against the same struggles their parents and grandparents endured during the era of Jim Crow. She started the project in Atlanta — home of the Civil Rights Movement — and traveled to Ferguson, Baltimore and Washington, DC developing an extensive body of work.

#1960Now is an evolution in Bright’s exploration of the Civil Rights Movement. This interactive photographic series of emerging young leaders affiliated with the Black Lives Matter Movement examines race, gender and generational divides to raise awareness of millennial perspectives on civil and human rights.

To reach mass audiences, Bright launched Instagram campaign, #BringIt1960Now, a participatory study that interprets diverse views on activism and grassroots work taking form in communities. To learn more about the campaign, follow #BringIt1960Now and @shepreebright.

Learn more about Sheila Pree Bright here.

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