Road to Freedom: Photographs from the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968

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The direct action social protest movement of the 1950s and 1960s resulted in sit-ins, marches, and other showdowns with armed police officers and National Guardsmen. Trained in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s methods of nonviolence, young black men and women took to the streets to fight for their civil rights and sparked a social revolution. Thousands of acts of courage were undertaken in the pursuit of freedomÑacts that were often photographed, leaving behind a disquieting visual record of this violent and ...
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The direct action social protest movement of the 1950s and 1960s resulted in sit-ins, marches, and other showdowns with armed police officers and National Guardsmen. Trained in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s methods of nonviolence, young black men and women took to the streets to fight for their civil rights and sparked a social revolution. Thousands of acts of courage were undertaken in the pursuit of freedomÑacts that were often photographed, leaving behind a disquieting visual record of this violent and tumultuous period in American history. Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 is the most significant exhibition of civil rights photographs presented in an art museum in more than twenty years. These images were taken by many photographers-photojournalists, artists, movement photographers, and amateurs alike-all of whom seem to have had a keen understanding of the significance of their subject. This publication presents a narrative of some of the key moments of the civil rights movement, including the Freedom Rides of 1961, the Birmingham hosings of 1963, and the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965. These are the unforgettable images that helped to change the nation, increasing the momentum of the nonviolent movement by dramatically raising awareness of injustice and the struggle for equality. Julian Cox is curator of photography at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Charles Johnson's most recent fiction publication is Dr. King's Refrigerator and Other Bedtime Stories. He is the S. Wilson and Grace M. Pollock Professor of Writing at the University of Washington. John Lewis is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and was a leader in the American civil rights movement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932543230
  • Publisher: High Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 159
  • Sales rank: 1,309,750
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Director's Foreword Michael E. Shapiro Shapiro, Michael E. 6

Preface and Acknowledgments Julian Cox Cox, Julian 8

Introduction Charles Johnson Johnson, Charles 13

Bearing Witness: Photography and the Civil Rights Movement Julian Cox Cox, Julian 19

Plates 48

Afterword John Lewis Lewis, John 146

List of Plates 148

Selected Bibliography 157

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