Dr. Doris Derby, PHD., is an activist, documentary photographer, filmmaker, and retired adjunct associate professor of Anthropology at Georgia State University (GSU), author, exhibitor, speaker and art collector. She was active in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, and her work reflects those themes of culture, race and identity of African-Americans during that time. She was a working member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (S.N.C.C.), co-founder of the Free Southern Theater, and the founding director of the Office of African-American Student Services and Programs (O.A.A.S.S.P.) at GSU. Her photography has been exhibited throughout the United States and will be shown in Europe during the fall of 2018. Two of her photographs are in Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, to which she also contributed an essay about her experiences in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Derby lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, actor Bob Banks. They are active leaders in their community and members of local and national organizations.
Dr. Derby’s personal book collection, which contains over 1600 books by and about African and African-Americans, will be included in the CT & Octavia Vivian Museum and Archives Library.