Photographer Maria Varela Reflects On Her Work Covering The Civil Rights Movement

NMiF: Maria Varela

June 2, 2017 - Mexican-American photographer Maria Varela was present at some of the most dramatic moments of the Civil Rights Movement.

She captured images of voting rights demonstrations in Alabama and efforts to create Head Start programs in poor, rural areas of the American South. Now the Albuquerque resident's work is the subject of photography exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago where 28 pieces will be shown to the public

Russell Contreras sits down with Varela this week to discuss her role with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and her work as a photographer in the Civil Rights Movement.

Further reading:
Time to Get Ready: Fotografía Social
PBS: Black Culture Connection

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