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9/15/2015 Member News

The Florida Holocaust Museum to hold Civil Rights & The Media panel, moderated by Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper

Brian Bailey
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The Florida Holocaust Museum to hold Civil Rights & The Media panel, moderated by Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper

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Panelists include NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans, Power Broker Magazine Publisher Gypsy Gallardo and photographer Herb Snitzer

September 14, 2015 [St. Petersburg, FL] -- The Florida Holocaust Museum will hold the panel discussion Civil Rights & the Media, featuring local journalists and moderated by Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times columnist and East Hillsborough Bureau Chief.

The panel discussion will be held at The Florida Holocaust Museum on Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. Free to attend. Please RSVP by calling (727) 820-0100 ext. 301.

Panelists include Eric Deggans, NPR TV Critic and author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation; Gypsy Gallardo, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Power Broker Magazine and CEO of The 2020 Plan, a private-public initiative to reduce the poverty rate in South St. Petersburg; and Herb Snitzer, photographer and Civil Rights Activist who has worked for publications including the New York Times, Herald Tribune, and America's leading jazz magazine Metronome.


Ernest Hooper, Tampa Bay Times Columnist and East Hillsborough Bureau Chief

Eric Deggans, NPR TV Critic

Gypsy Gallardo, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of Power Broker Magazine

Herb Snitzer, Photographer & Former Boar Member of the NAACP

Panelists will talk about the role the press played during the Civil Rights Movement and the impact of the stories and images journalists at the time produced, while exploring how media has changed and how the press covers civil rights and issues involving race today.

The event coincides with two exhibitions on display now at The FHM, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement and Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay. The exhibitions are on display through December 1, 2015.

About This Light of Ours
This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, generously presented by Bank of America, shows the Civil Rights Movement through the work and voices of nine activist photographers - men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement from within the movement.

Unlike images produced by photojournalists who covered breaking news events, most of the photographers in this exhibition were affiliated with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and documented its activities by focusing on the student activists and local people who together made the movement happen.

The exhibition is comprised of 157 black and white photographs, the majority of which were taken in Mississippi and Alabama from 1963 to 1966.

Clearwater resident Bob Fletcher is one of the photographers whose work is featured in This Light of Ours. He documented "Bloody Sunday" in Selma and spent over two decades capturing the Civil Rights Movement from Harlem to Mississippi, and also went overseas to film the black culture and the struggle for independence in Africa. Fletcher went to law school at New York University in 1987 and currently practices law in New York and Florida.

This Light of Ours is an exhibition organized by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art. Major support for the exhibition has been provided by the Bruce W. Bastian Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Beaches, Benches and Boycotts
Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay, an original exhibition of The Florida Holocaust Museum presented by the Tampa Bay Times, will be on display in conjunction with This Light of Ours.

The focus of most Civil Rights history is written about places like Alabama and Mississippi, as if few challenges occurred elsewhere. Tampa Bay remained racially segregated at the dawn of the Civil Rights era and many local institutions and establishments held out on integration for several years after Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Under "Jim Crow" every aspect of African American life in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and the surrounding cities was segregated, including neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, restaurants, beaches, and more.

The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay may have had characteristics similar to other areas of the South, but its stories are its own. Beaches, Benches and Boycotts features documents, advertisements, photographs and other memorabilia that accurately present the history of Civil Rights in our Tampa Bay-Sarasota communities, while illuminating our region's struggle with racial equality and shining a light on the local leaders who changed our cities.

Special thanks to media partners Tampa Bay Times, Bright House Networks, and The Weekly Challenger, as well as support from the State of Florida for making these exhibitions possible. Additional thanks to Community Partners Watergarden Inn and Sylvia's Restaurant for their support.

About The Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.