This Land is Our Land - Tiana Tate

The visual story of the American fight for equality and freedom for all of its citizens. The gallery includes photography from marches during the American Civil Rights Movement. It includes images from newspapers from the time period as well. There is also a focus on the women of the Civil Rights Movement, which are often ignored.

This is a photograph of a child in a field of some kind with the words “this land is our land…” written in the bottom right corner. The photograph is in black and white. This photograph fits my theme because it represents the idea that America is for all Americans. The words “This land is our land..” is a play on the lyrics of a famous American folk song "This Land is Your Land." The words of the song describe how every part of America belongs to all of us.
This is a photograph of a young Black woman with a sign that says “Jim Crow must go” in the foreground. In the background, you see a town and people walking around as if nothing is going on. This fits my theme because it is a photograph of a Black woman civil rights activist protesting.
This is a photograph of a Black woman standing on a street holding a sign that says, “at this store, it is your duty to end segregation.” The background, once again, is a small town with people walking about as if nothing is happening. The photograph fits my theme because it show a protester from the American Civil Rights Movement.
This is a photograph of a cover of The Black Liberator. The Black Liberator was a periodical on black liberation that was circulated during the Civil Rights Movement. This particular cover is of Angela Davis speaking at a protest. It fits my theme because it shows a prominent woman of the Civil Rights Movement, Angela Davis.
This is a photograph of a woman holding a sign that says, “Atlanta’s image is a fraud.” Around the woman are three Ku Klux Klan members. In the background is a movie theatre. The photo fits my overall theme because it shows a woman protesting during the Civil Rights Movement.
This is a photograph of six Black children standing behind a gate looking over at a park that they are not allowed to play in. The title of this photograph is Outside Looking In and it was taken by Gordon Parks. It fits my theme because it shows to difference in how Black and white children are treated and what the protester during this time period were fight for, equality.
This is a photograph of a Black woman and child dressed in their Sunday best standing in front of a sign that says, “Colored Entrance.” The title of this photograph is Department Store and it was taken by Gordon Parks. This photograph also shows the difference in how the races are treated. It shows a mother and child dress in their best but still treated differently because of their darker skin. Again, it show what the protesters were fighting for.
This is a photograph of Elizabeth Eckford walking to her newly integrated school, Central High. Beside her is a police escort and behind her is a crowd of white women yelling. This photo fits my theme because it shows another view of the fight for equality. Elizabeth Eckford is just trying to get the education that she has been denied because of the “separate but equal” system that put Black children in underfunded and inadequate schools. It also fits the theme because her and other children that integrated school are often overlooked in the discussion of the Civil Rights Movement.
This a photograph of Coretta Scott King at the funeral of her husband Civil Rights Leader, Martin Luther King. She is looking down at his open casket with children and other women are around her comforting her. This photo fits my theme because it shows Coretta Scott King at her husband’s funeral but the focus of the photo is her and not Dr. King. Mrs. King’s work and scarafices for the movement is often ignore and this photo centers her pain. It also show other women around her sharing in her grief.
This is a photograph of Rosa Parks being fingerprinted after being arrested in Montgomery, Alabama. In the photograph you see her and the police officer who is doing the fingerprinting. This fit my theme because it both shows a protest and arguably the most famous woman activist during the Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks.
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