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Daughters of the Movement

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Join the Center for a conversation with Daughters of the Movement, Rosalind Withers and Lisa S. McNair. The conversation will explore their experiences growing up in the Civil Rights Movement, how their families inspired them through their work and the continuing work they do today. A light reception will proceed the conversation. Sponsored by Gallagher.


Rosalind Withers is the daughter of civil rights photojournalist Dr. Ernest C. Withers, Sr. Dr. Withers began his photographic career in the early 1940s and continued it for more than 60 years until his death in 2007. Before his passing, he appointed his daughter, Rosalind Withers, as Trustee of the Withers Family Trust to preserve his work and build his legacy. In February 2011, she founded the Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, whose mission is to educate by utilizing the pictorial legacy of over 1.8 million images and preserve her father’s works. 

Dr. Withers left behind one of the largest and most significant collections of photography ever amassed by an individual. Under Rosalind’s development and leadership, Dr. Withers’s archive has received funding to organize and digitize this large body of work. Rosalind curated their 7,000 square feet of space on the world-famous Beale Street to give their 30,000 plus worldwide visitors a stunning photographic experience of American and Civil Rights history. 


Lisa S. McNair is the oldest living sister of Denise McNair, one of the four girls killed in the infamous 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Denise was an only child at the time of her death. Almost exactly one year from the day she was murdered, Lisa was born. 

Today, Lisa is a professional photographer with her own business, Posh Photographers, conducts Anti-Racism Workshops, and is a national public speaker. Lisa shares the story of Denise’s life, her heinous murder, and how it affected her parents and the city of Birmingham. She also speaks on racial reconciliation, urging audiences to remember that we have more commonalities than differences.   

Lisa hopes that we will never forget the lessons learned nor the lives lost during the Civil Rights Movement, so we do not repeat the horrible evilness of that time.