As an artist I was educated to believe that any piece of artwork should be created to “speak” to the viewer in every visual sense of the word! The people, places and events of the Civil Rights Movement, the non-violent nature of the 1950’s and 1960’s, all led me to believe that there was a holy spirit, a sacred dimension to this movement. In a period of horrific racism in this country, the people demonstrating for their constitutional rights remained non-violent.Read full artist statement
Jimmie Lee Jackson was born in Marion, Alabama in 1938. He was a farm laborer and a deacon in his Baptist Church. He was also one of the little known heroes of the Civil Rights movement.According to some, “without Jimmie Lee Jackson, there would not have been a march from Selma to Montgomery.”
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On Sunday morning, September 15, 1963 at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Addie Mae Collins (14), Denise McNair (12), Carole Robertson (14), and Cynthia Wesley (14) were in their best Sunday School dresses as they prepared to go upstairs to assist with the special “Youth Sunday” worship service.
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