Civil Rights: A Movement    by Brandon Jones

This gallery will include images of people during the civil rights movement, by photography and paintings.  Images of protesters and the struggle that shaped a nation and the world.  These images will take you on a trip to the past and realize the same struggles are still going on in the present.

Here you see protesters in the presence of a mild group of members of the Ku Klux Klan. The protesters are showing no fear and proving the point that they are serious about rights for African Americans. The shot was taken at the right moment. Space between the members of the KKK allowed the photographer to the subject: the nonconformist.
This photograph is of Rosa Parks, who is getting fingerprinted and arrested. This African American woman denied a seat on the bus for a white patron. The photographer uses much tint and less shade in the photograph. The purpose was to get a full view of the two subjects: the officer and Rosa Parks.
This image shows white demonstrators marching for rights for African Americans. The main subjects are the family. This is showing great resilience by the family. To come out and show support for fellow Americans that are not being treated fairly. Space is being used to show a three dimensional image, with the family in the foreground and other demonstrators in the background.
This depiction is of an African American man using his voice to stop violent beatings by police officers. The photographer uses focus to single out the subject which is the African American man. This is called a rack focus. Where the subject is in full clarity and the background or foreground are out of focus.
This is a painting of young Ruby Bridges, one of the first African American students to enter a desegregated school in Louisiana. Norman Rockwell uses rhythm to create the illusion of movement. All four gentlemen are moving in unison like soldiers, while little Ruby Bridges follows right behind them in the same manner.
This is a painting by Norman Rockwell depicting the senseless killing of civil rights activists. The texture of the painting is so lifelike. You can almost feel the rocks in the dirt. The white gentleman holding the black gentleman, holding him up to try to get him to someplace safe. You sense the urgency of trying to get this man to safety, the struggle of the black man taking his last breathes. This is a very powerful painting, it speaks out in a lot of ways.
This picture is of a button for supporters to wear during the march on Washington. This picture within the button is using contrast. With a colorless background, the color black is being used to shape the hands that represent the white and black man joining hands to show equality between the two races.
This is a photograph of a demonstrator being carried out during a protest of the Sheraton Palace Hotel. The luxury hotel in San Francisco was targeted because of discrimination of black employees. With this photograph the tint is high to the left, while the shade is darker the right. Possibly because the photograph was taken in a dark hallway.
In this photograph you see the 36th President Lyndon B. Johnson sitting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., discussing the issues of the Civil Rights movement. Unity is present in the photographers image. As you see President Johnson leaning over as to show concern of the issues plaguing his nation. The humility of both leaders coming together to make the country united shows great harmony.
Depicted in the photograph is the funeral for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. At his side is his wife Coretta Scott King and their children. The value of the image is very sad, the lights are dim with shadows and darkness all around, to show that this event is a very dark one. One of the greatest leaders in America was assassinated for trying to bring peace to a country that was in so much distress.
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