Civil Rights Through Art and Law

Civil Rights Through Art and Law

A conversation about the arts, the law, and civil rights nationally and in Maine

Thursday, August 11
6 p.m.
Free, Reservations are required.
Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium

Join the Portland Museum of Art, the Maine Humanities Council, and the University of Maine School of Law for an intimate conversation between artist David Driskell and lawyer Melvyn Zarr, facilitated by Danielle Conway, Dean of the Maine School of Law, on the Civil Rights Movement as filtered through the lenses of art and law.

David C. Driskell completed the art program at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953 and has had a studio in Maine for over 40 years. He is the recipient this year of the Skowhegan School's Lifetime Legacy Award. A Professor of Art at the University of Maryland and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal in 2000 (among many other honors), Professor Driskell's career and much of his own work has highlighted artistic narratives of the African American experience, a legacy that was honored in 2001 with the founding of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland.

Melvyn Zarr has been a leader in teaching and public service for over 40 years at the University of Maine School of Law. He began his career in 1963 as a civil rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he developed an expertise in helping his clients, including Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., find refuge in the federal courts. He also conducted civil rights litigation in Mississippi and Alabama.

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Image: James Karales (United States, 1930-2002), Selma to Montgomery March, Alabama (detail), 1965, gelatin silver print, 12 7/8 x 19 1/8 inches. Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder, 4.2015.