Nurse Ora Bouie and a doctor
at Tufts-Delta Health Clinic,
Mound Bayou, Mississippi, 1968
Derby says: ‘In 1965,
the TDHC was established
in the all-black town of Mound Bayou.
Medical facilities were segregated,
so black people received
very inferior medical treatment,
Many died waiting for service.
Led by Dr Jack Geiger,
doctors applied for and received a large government grant
in the mid-1960s to expand the Mound Bayou facilities.
They hired more black physicians and nurses
and provided home care.
They established classes for adults
in math, literacy, handcrafts and nutrition.’
Through the lens of civil rights photographer Doris Derby – in pictures
The activist, photographer and former academic Doris Derby
lived and worked in the southern US at the height of the civil rights era.
Her images capture not the protests of the 60s
but the everyday realities of black lives at that time.
Here she talks us through some of her photographs
Sat 1 Feb 2020 16.00 GMT
Rural family, Mileston, Mississippi, 1968
‘Often, older children had to look after younger children
while their parents worked.’
‘Now is a continuation of then’: America’s civil rights era – in pictures
Doris Derby is a documentary photographer, activist and professor
who captured the people at the frontline of the struggle for racial equality
in 1960s and 1970s America
Thu 28 Oct 2021 07.00 BST
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