November 18, 2010 12:00 pm
“I Have No Right to Be Silent” human rights traveling exhibit.
Rabbi Marshall Meyer was an ordinary man whose extraordinary convictions, faith, and impetuous personality impelled him to become one of the most important human rights activists during Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-1983). Marshall is remembered for what he did, namely his human rights work and social justice activism. But his legacy is made that much greater by his ability to articulate why we are all responsible for speaking out against injustice. This exhibit is not only a commemoration of the social activism and human rights work of Rabbi Marshall Meyer, but also explores the making of an activist.
This traveling exhibit consists of 12 banners, approx. 3ft w by 6 ft tall, whose text and imagery draws on the rich and powerful collection of documents contained in the Marshall T. Meyer papers including intimate family photos, moving letters from prisoners, internal government memos, and rare human rights publications.
The exhibit will first travel to Washington DC on Nov 18 to the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the OAS and the 50th anniversary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. At the OAS the Meyer exhibit will join a photography exhibit by Petra Barth whose work is also being archived at Duke’s Special Collections Library. After DC the Meyer exhibit will head for New York City in January of 2011.