This Far and No Further

On Wednesday, June 20th Athletics hosted our second virtual Evening Session, featuring photographer William Abranowicz, titled ‘This Far and No Further: Photographs Inspired by the Voting Rights Movement.’ The presentation included selections and stories from Abranowicz’s forthcoming book, which will be published by the University of Texas Press in 2021. Sharing images rife with symbolism, metaphor, and history, we explored extraordinary stories of brutality, heroism, sacrifice, and redemption hidden within ordinary American landscapes, underscoring the crucial necessity of defending — and exercising — our right to vote at this perilous moment for American democracy.

Attendees to the talk generously contributed more than $3,000 dollars total to the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality.

View the presentation below, and please share with friends and family.

Additionally, William Abranowicz shared his reading list for voting rights-related literature, focusing on the works that informed the production of This Far and No Further. We’re pleased to make that list public here:

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010) — Michelle Alexander
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (2016) — Carol Anderson
  • The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings (2010) — James Baldwin
  • The Fire Next Time (1962) — James Baldwin
  • Notes of a Native Son (1955) — James Baldwin
  • The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear (2016) — Dr. William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (2016) — Ari Berman
  • At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68 (2006) — Taylor Branch
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 (1988) — Taylor Branch
  • Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 (1998) — Taylor Branch
  • A Traveler’s Guide to the Civil Rights Movement (2004) — Jim Carrier
  • Reporting Civil Rights, Part Two: American Journalism 1963-1973 (2003) — Clayborne Carson, ed.
  • The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader (1991) — Clayborne Carson, ed.
  • Reporting Civil Rights, Part One: American Journalism 1941-63 (2003) — Clayborne Carson, ed.
  • The Mississippi Burning Case: The History and Legacy of the Freedom Summer Murders at the Height of the Civil Rights Movement (2018) — Charles River Editors
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (2017) — Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (2017) — Michael Eric Dyson
  • Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail: An Illustrated Guide to the Cradle of Freedom (2010) — Frye Gaillard, et al
  • Troublemaker: Memories of the Freedom Movement (2019) — Bruce Hartford
  • The Second Coming of the KKK (2017) — Linda Gordon
  • The Children (1998) — David Halberstam
  • The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (2000) — Alexander Keyssar
  • In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History (2018) — Mitch Landrieu
  • The Lynching: the Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan (2016) — Laurence Leamer
  • Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights (2017) — Steven Levingston
  • Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement (1998) — John Lewis and Michael D’Orso
  • Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years (2017) — David Litt
  • Equal Justice…under Law (1998) — Constance Baker Motley
  • Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook (2018) — Christopher Noxon
  • Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America (2016) — Patrick Phillips
  • Selman’s Bloody Sunday: Protest, Voting Rights, and the Struggle for Racial Equality (2017) — Robert A. Pratt
  • 1619 Project (2019) — Nikole Hannah-Jones, ed.
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (2014) — Bryan Stevenson
  • A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History (2018) — Jeanne Theoharis
  • The Blood of Emmett Till (2017) — Timothy B. Tyson
  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race (2016) — Jesmyn Ward
  • Men We Reaped (2013) — Jesmyn Ward
  • Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1864 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy (2010) — Bruce Watson
  • Black Boy (American Hunger) (1945) — Richard Wright


The Evening Sessions

We know a lot of people with a lot to say about a lot of things. Over the past few years we’ve been inviting some of those people to our studio after hours to present to our community about the things that make them tick. Things like brutalist architecture, corporate modernism, and digital meditation. Today, we might be far away, but our friends still have a lot to say. That’s why we’re continuing the Evening Sessions — Athletics’ periodic platform for interesting ideas — as virtual events open to the public. It’s our way of staying connected with inspiring ideas: the lifeblood of any creative business. And you’re invited. 30 minute presentations, 15 minutes for questions and answers.