Boulder’s Dairy Arts Center hosts a one-of-a-kind exhibit of historic photos – CBS Denver

BOULDER, COLO. (CBS4)- Monday January 17thth, Coloradans, along with the rest of the nation, will share the life of Dr. Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. If you’re looking for a good place to learn more about history and the civil rights struggle, the Dairy Art Center in Boulder has a temporary photo exhibit that you might want to check out.

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The Boulder Branch of the NAACP and the Dairy Arts Center present the Withers Collection Gallery, an exhibit of over 100 historical civil rights movement photographs from the Withers Museum & Gallery in Memphis, TN. Ernest Withers is one of the leading black photographers documenting the lives of African Americans in the South in the 1950s and 1960s.

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“We are very excited to bring our community together,” said Annett James. The President of the Boulder Branch of the NAACP.”

She says Withers tells a story with his historical photos. “He captured the black experience,” she said. “Civil rights movement, arts and culture, sports. It’s just amazing.”

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She says this may be the only opportunity Coloradans can see these photos without traveling to Memphis.

“Pictures tell the story, so it’s a glimpse of history at a specific point in time. When I see them, I think of people who stand up for righteousness,” James said.

She also says that while they are portraits of the past, they also contain a lesson for the present and the future.

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“I think when we think of Dr. King think … to build this beloved community we must all take responsibility and have a duty to stand up for justice.”

If you can’t make it to Boulder on Monday to see the exhibit, there are plenty of opportunities to see it before it leaves town. It runs until February 27thth.

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