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Spotlight for the week of September 20

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Spotlight on Lifelong Learning with Laura Loth is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around the Mid-South. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.

Ernest Withers was a Memphis-born photojournalist whose images revealed the most critical moment in our city’s history to the entire world. The photos Withers took of the sanitation workers and their signs proclaiming “I Am a Man” as they stood in front of the Clayborn Temple in 1968 are some of the most recognizable images from the Civil Rights Movement. If you’re interested in thinking about ways that photography contributed to the fight for Civil Rights and to the development of our American social consciousness, I’d encourage you to join the Brooks Museum Café Conversation on Wednesday at 6pm with Dr. Lucienne Auz. Dr. Auz is a Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Memphis and holds her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. The online conversation will also allow participants to examine how contemporary artists and photographers have responded to Withers’ photography of the Civil Rights Movement.

If you’re looking to begin the season of Memphis film festivals, you may want to check out the Black Film Festival sponsored by WLOK, showing films at various locations across town from Thursday through Sunday. The festival’s final film, “Best of Enemies,” screens at Playhouse on the Square at 7pm and features a panel discussion following the film.

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