Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Free at Last, but not really
The civil rights movement was a change in history and due to photojournalism we have those memories for life. They say photos speak a thousand words. The movement was said to begin in 1962 but I believe it started well before that and it still continues today. African-Americans have come a long way and discrimination is not as prominent as it used to be but it still exist today. The photo coverage of the movement allows people of today to see what went on during those times. The memories live through those photos and will never die. You see the pain, anguish, determination and strength of those who stood up and took a stand.
The movement was in reaction to the Jim Crow Laws and all the tired African-Americans who were ready for change. The Jim crow Laws controlled everything from what school a person attended, what kind of job they had, where they could eat, drink water and even walk. It brought African-Americans and some whites together for a great cause. The movemant had marches that led to Washington D.C Lincoln Memorial, boycotts, speeches and people uniting together. It took a lot of courage to finally stayed up to what was holding them down. The Brown vs. Board of education was a major milestone in the movement and in the African-American commnuity. It was unanismously ruled that segregating schools was unconstitutional. People followed one man to Washington D.C to listen to him give a speech.
That movement will forever be remebered because of all the many pictures taken. Rosa Parks riding on the bus and getting arrested , Elizabet Eckford walking to class alone, four boys at a lunch counter, people being mistreated and abused, all these events are recorded with photographs. Without photographs our genertaion wouldn’t have an idea of what these events were like. Althought the movement is not over we have come a long way since then and still have hurdles to get over. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make a way for the future.
Elizabeth Eckford was apart of the little rock nine, they were selected to go to public school and gradually begin desegregation. The strength It took for this young lady to walk to class all alone and get ridiculed the whole way is impressive. The photographer captured this moment perfectly. The stares she is getting pierces through the picture. I can practically hear them yelling but yet she contines to move on.
The four kids from North Carolina A&T started the sit-ins for the boycotts. In Greensbro, North Carolina the four young men sat down at a white lunch counter. Someone tried to order but they were told “I’m sorry. We don’t serve Negroes here.” That didn't make them leave they continued to sit at the counter, peacefully and for a purpose. The didn't leave until closing but didn’t fail to let the owner know that they would be back and with more.
Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. was a huge influence during the civil war, he is famously known for his “I have A dream” speech. He help founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). King realized the best way to end segregation is a non-violence approcah, inspired by Gandhi. This picture show how strongly he felt about the movement. He points out to the crowd to let them know who he is talking to and not once did you he look at his paper. He spoke from the heart and wanted everyone to here and remember that moment.
Dr. King had so much support from all people, race, religion and stature during the march to Washington. You see the people link together as if they were one and you can see the unity. We get to witness a moment when African-americans and whites unite for one great cause. This is a picture of Dr.King’s dream that gets a chance to live on forever
The hatred some people held in their hearts towards the African-Americans really came through in pictures. The body language, look in their eyes and actual actions showed how the truly felt. It just shows how truly bad the situation actually was, to beat someone with a baton for mearly voicing an opinion is barbaric. By zooming out and not just showing John Lewis we can see that he was not the only one being harassed.
Rosa parks arrest was the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat on the bus to a white man. This led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott movement and it lasted for over a year. This boycott displayed the unity between the African-American race and the determination they have to help the dream come true. This picture makes you focus on Parks and wonder what she is going through and what kind of treatment she is receiving. She looks very calm in the picture displaying the non-violence policy very well. The buses were later desegregated on Dec 21, 1956.
The pressure of a fire hose can take the bark of a tree so imagine what it can do to a person. This picture has lining and you just follow the flow of the water hose and see people at the end and the heart it filled with pain. That is cruel and unusual punishment and against their constitutional rights. No person, any race or stature deserves to be treated without respect and dignity.
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