Women Change Agents

the photographs of dr doris derby, 1963-1972

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA.

A timely exhibition inspired by the ability of women, particularly women of color, to create positive social change.


Dr. Doris Derby’s photographs depict the roles of female Civil Rights leaders, 1963 – 1972. Despite the odds, personal sacrifices, and potential danger for many African Americans, outstanding accomplishments were achieved by these women in the areas of the arts, education, media, health, self-help economics, politics, law, community organization, and student activism.

Dr. Derby is an artist, activist and educator who worked in the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama alongside of Fannie Lou Hamer, Dr. Dorothy Height, Dr. Dorothy Cotton, Dr. Septima Clark, Senator Julian Bond, Congressman John Lewis, Mayor Andrew Young, Reverend Hosea Williams, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others.

Dashboard has worked with Dr. Derby since 2015 to provide more opportunities to share the important work of this educator, activist, and humanitarian. Learn more about her here.

Hear Dr. Derby with Lois Reitses on WABE's City Lights!