Marching along the voting rights trail
July 5th, 2012
Omaha, NE – An exhibit documenting one of the most famous marches in history is now on display at the Loveâ€™s Jazz and Arts Center in North Omaha.
A collection of over 50 photographs, the Selma to Montgomery exhibit includes black and white images of men, women and children some holding the American flag and signs that read â€œVote for Freedom.â€
Tim Clark, executive director of the Loveâ€™s Jazz and Arts Center, said the exhibit â€œsheds light on the significance of voting, the importance and the struggle.” It also shows the â€œstruggle of what it really took to get us to where weâ€™re at today,â€ he said.
Stephen Somerstein, the photographer of the collection, was the editor-in-chief of the City College of New York newspaper. In the 1960s, he went to Alabama to document a five-day, 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, one of the most significant marches in the nonviolent movement for voting rights.
The exhibit also includes four voting booths with photocopied election ballots from the 1960s. Clark said he hopes the exhibit encourages voter participation in the upcoming general elections. “We have a very important election thatâ€™s going to take place in our community,” Clark said, referring to the hotly-contested race between State Sen. Brenda Council and her predecessor Ernie Chambers for the District 11 seat in the Nebraska Legislature.
â€œWeâ€™re very excited,” Clark said. “I think weâ€™re going to probably have one of the largest (voter) turnout ever because people are going to be so interested in this election.”
Selma to Montgomery: Marching Along the Voting Trail is on display through August 25th at the Loveâ€™s Jazz and Arts Center in north Omaha.
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