Pictures told, for those who could not see themselves, of the strength and beauty of the people, of the hostility and anger of the opposition, and of the promise of a world free of racism. -Julian Bond
One of my missions with the healing work I do is to create and expand on digital storytelling. In the infamous quote, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” it is understood that so much can be told from a frozen moment in time. When you think of historical photos from the Civil rights movement, what are some immediate images that come to mind? Perhaps the image of MLK, Jr, standing on the Lincoln Memorial, cropped to the right of the frame, with his arm out, a noble wave to a crowd of thousands right before the start of his “I Have a Dream” speech. Maybe it’s of Rosa Parks, hands holding each other settled in her lap, hair pinned up and tied behind her head, small black knitted hat on her head, turned to the left, as she gazes out of the bus window…what other images come to mind?
Today, we continue the topic “Black Women at the Forefront of Civil Rights” as we remember some of the crucial moments in Civil Rights history as it is told in images. And here to help us bring some of those moments to life is Mark Speltz with his work – North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South. Mark Speltz is an author and historian who writes about civil rights photography, vernacular architecture, and Wisconsin culture and history. He is currently a senior historian at American Girl in Madison, Wisconsin.