Join us for the exciting opening of “Now is the Time: Leonard Freed’s Photographs of South Africa’s 1994 Election.” The exhibition is drawn from more than 140 photographs of South Africa, mostly taken in 1994. Brooklyn-born, Magnum photographer Leonard Freed (1929–2006) is best known for his landmark civil rights era exhibition and book, Black in White America.

Referred to by the New York Times as a “photojournalist of injustice” he traveled to South Africa in 1994 to cover the first free post-apartheid elections. From late March to early April 1994, he documented daily life, rallies, demonstrations and the violence that took place in the run up to the election. Freed’s South Africa photographs were donated by his widow Bridgette to the Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections in 2019. Many of these photographs have never been exhibited before. The exhibition and opening are co-sponsored by Michigan State University and are part of FotoFest’s participating spaces program.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston is proud to be one of the Fotofest Biannual 2020 Participating Spaces.

We invite everyone to join us at the opening reception to be held on March 6, 2020, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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