Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. As a result, the African American community was galvanized to action and the Montgomery Improvement Association was founded with the 26-year-old Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as president. The Association filed suit in federal court on behalf of those discriminated against by the bus service. This exhibition features Dinnerstein’s and Silverman’s drawings from the Museum’s collection. From expressive portraits to impassioned courtroom drama, the artists captured the spectrum of actions and emotions that marked the boycott as a turning point in the struggle for civil rights.
This exhibition of approximately 30 drawings is organized by and drawn from the collection of the Delaware Art Museum.Support provided by the Edgar A. Thronson Foundation Illustration Exhibition Fund.Image: Boycotter, Montgomery, 1956. Harvey Dinnerstein (born 1928). Graphite on paper, composition: 9 × 12 1/16 inches. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of the Robert Lehman Foundation Inc., 1994. © Harvey Dinnerstein.