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Portraits Of Violence

Clifford Vaughs, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) photographer, is arrested by the National Guard. Cambridge, Maryland, 1964.
Credit Danny Lyon / courtesy of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The violence and horror of cell phone videos of the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have galvanized many Americans to question race relations and justice.

We take a look back at iconic civil rights era photos, and then invite a psychologist and criminologist to explore the effect of images of violence, past and present, on our minds and our culture.


  • Myles Cheadle, co-curator of "Through the Lens," Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Susan Wilson, clinical psychologist, UMKC Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Toya Like, associate professor, UMKC Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • José Faus, Kansas City artist and writer, author of poem "I'm here next to you"