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Freedom and Justice, Cecil Williams Captures the Columbia Civil Rights Struggle

Freedom and Justice by Cecil Williams

In Freedom and Justice,  photographer Cecil Williams offers an eyewitness account of the legally segregated South of the 1950s. His moving photographs show people risking their lives to confront segregation and racism. He writes, "growing up colored in the Deep South in the fifties meant reaching adolescence in an inequitable environment that placed severe social limitations on me. Because of heritage and race, I was kept out the mainstream of American life. Segregation prevented me from sharing this nation's wealth, power, and rights granted by the Constitution."

The Freedom and Justice exhibit is now on display in the C. David Warren Gallery at Richland Library Main (First level).

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