Freedom Leaders

A collection of images portraying the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

In this photo, Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday 1939. She, with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt, brought African American artists one step closer in the entertainment industry. After being denied to sing for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Eleanor granted Marian to sing in front of the monument. In this picture, there are people of all races enjoying the sounds of her voice.
The picture depicts Rosa Parks, a black woman arrested for not giving her seat up to a white man, being fingerprinted. The lack of color metaphorically depicts the sadness of the time period. The photographer took the picture at a time that Rosa Parks' face was angled upward, but the officer was looking down. This, although probably not purposeful, emphasizes Rosa Parks in this picture.
This is Elizabeth Eckford, one of the first black students to attend an integrated school. This photo is a representation of what these black students experienced at this time. The unintentional lighting on Elizabeth's body puts emphasis on her as she is being taunted for her courage and willingness to attend an integrated school.
In this picture is a civil rights rally in front of the Washington Monument. In the middle center of the picture, you can see Julian Bond in a white shirt and Andrew Young in a black suit. The perspective of the picture (showing more people in the rally than just Bond and Young) recreates a sense of unity within the rally, thus intensifying the cause that they're fighting for: rights and equality.
In this picture, Malcolm X is smiling as he lands back in America after a trip to and tour of the Middle East. The happiness depicted in this picture from such a seemingly angry man (according to the media) probably depicts the inner peace he feels after visiting Mecca. Although the black and white picture possibly represents sadness, his smile brightens it.
This picture is a depiction of Martin Luther King, Jr. sitting in a car, surrounded by participants of a rally. When examining the faces of the participants, the happiness they feel about seeing Dr. King is evident. He is also happy to see them. This is a representation of the standing he had in the black community during the Civil Rights Era.
This is a photo of Lewis Marshall during the Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights. Once this picture was taken and published, it became iconic. This picture not only possesses intense emotion by the colors, perspective, and facial expression, but is also a representation of the student ideals during the Civil Rights Era. This picture made it clear that not only adults were fighting for our rights.
In this picture are three activists, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Monsignor Charles Rice. The three were marching in the Solidarity Day Parade. The linked arms show that, although two of the three were white, there was still solidarity between them. Although many people are shown in this photograph, the suits that the three men are wearing adds a bit of emphasis on them.
In this picture, a social and political activity, Abbott Hoffman, raises a "Black Power Salute" (solidarity fist) behind the microphones. At first glance, it's hard to pinpoint Hoffman's location within the photograph, because so many people are raising fists. This shows solidarity between each person attending this rally, a well as unity in the photograph itself.
In this picture, Bobby Seale, the leader of the Black Panther Party, is holding the microphone. This photo was taken while he was speaking during convention week in Chicago. Although there is a lack of detail in the photo, it is strong and iconic because it represents a leader empowering minorities.
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