The Iowa City Public Library and Prairie Lights are pleased to welcome Mark Speltz to the Library on Thursday, November 3. Speltz will read from his new book, “North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond The South” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.
The history of the civil rights movement is commonly illustrated with well-known photographs from Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma — leaving the visual story of the movement outside the South remaining to be told. In “North of Dixie,” Speltz shines a light past the most iconic photographs of the era to focus on images of everyday activists who fought campaigns against segregation, police brutality, and job discrimination in cities like Philadelphia, Cleveland, Columbus, St. Louis, and Cedar Rapids.
Speltz is an author and historian who writes about civil rights photography, vernacular architecture, and Wisconsin culture and history. He’s currently a Senior Historian at American Girl in Madison, Wisconsin.
Prairie Lights will have copies of Speltz’s book available for purchase at the program.
For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.