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Can’t Look Away Episode 2: Charles Moore’s Martin Luther King getting Arrested, 1958


The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College is pleased to release the second episode of Can’t Look Away: Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle

These images demand our attention and compel us to think deeply about the legacy of racism in the United States, leading us to explore how history can inform the ways we respond collectively to the legacy of unresolved racial strife that continues in our time. 

The series begins with a wide-ranging dialog on Burt Glinn’s Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957 that touches on subjects from the powers of the US Supreme Court, to the racial politics of the Cold War, and the influence of press coverage on the success of protest movements.   

In episode 2 we present a discussion of Charles Moore’s Martin Luther King getting arrested, Montgomery Alabama, 1958. The conversation explores what this photograph can tell us about Dr. King’s relationship with this wife Corretta Scott King and how it reflects more broadly on the performance of gender roles in 1950s America.

About the series:

Can’t Look Away seeks to reveal connections between the Black Lives Matter movements and the Civil Rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s through conversations centered on select photographs depicting the Civil Rights Era.

Developed as a way for the Gallery to inspire our community to critically engage with some of the most pressing issues we face today, each episode will feature experts from across Kenyon College discussing photographs made available for the program by Gund Gallery supporters David Horvitz ‘74 and Francie Bishop Good. 

Discussants in the series include Glenn McNair, Professor of History; Francis Gourrier, Assistant Professor of American Studies and History; Austin Porter, Assistant Professor of Art History and American Studies; and Jodi Kovach, Curator of Academic Programs at the Gund Gallery.

The Gund Gallery would like to extend a special thanks to our discussants, all our campus collaborators at Kenyon College, and our partners at Kokosing River Productions.

Funding for this video series was generously provided by David Horvitz ‘72 and Francie Bishop Good.