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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Price: Free

Ocean County Library - Jackson Branch

2 Jackson Dr.
Jackson, NJ 08527

Ocean County Library

Event Description

This film opens a window into lives, experiences, and perspectives of black families missing from the traditional historical canon.

Whether it was images that have been suppressed, forgotten, or lost, it is brought to light of how significant photography truly is, especially for the history of black communities.

African Americans historically embraced the medium as a way to subvert popular stereotypes as far back as the Civil War era, with Frederick Douglass photographed in a suit and black soldiers posing proudly in their uniforms. 

These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals.

Registration is recommended.

NJ Proudly Celebrates
Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual observance in February that celebrates the achievements and contributions of African Americans to American history, culture, and society. Established in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson; Black History Month reflects on the struggles, highlights the triumphs, and provides inspiration to future generations.

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  • Darren Newell Lead Writer
  • Louie Tendero Calendar Logistics
  • Sheilla Andal Image Processing
  • Joe Campbell Calendar Supervision & Coding

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