Civil Rights Photo Gallery

“The Menil Collection is proud to present The Whole World Was Watching.” In Houston, these photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil, will be on display from March 5 through September 25. In the exhibition, you will be able to view more than 200 Civil Rights era photographs taken by Bob Adelman, Dan Budnik, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Leonard Freed, and Danny Lyon.

“The exhibition revisits the profound social and political social and political changes that swept the United States in the 1950’s and 60’s.” As the gallery represents post WWII America, the title The Whole World Was Watching is a reference to the rally cry used by activist groups, “the whole world is watching.”  The photographs feature some of the most important moments during the Civil Rights Movement such as Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream,” speech.

The Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday March 5th at the Menil Bookstore Deck from 4-6p.m. For more information on this exhibit please visit


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