The civil rights movement was highly known for the black community’s rights and protests. In this time an artist named Jeff Donaldson which empowers black women the most. The title “Wives of Shango” is related to story of a king who had three wives. The Wives of Shango were strong and highly skilled that one of them even taught the king how to fight during the wars. The king would then take credit and use the Wives of Shango to his advantage and ignore them, unless he needed them. The Wives of Shango represent the black women's empowerment during the Civil Rights movement, since society did not acknowledge women power in the black community. In the painting the woman are holding weapons showing they are ready to fight. In this piece of artwork the artist tries to send the message that black women are strong and can fight. I found this piece of work to be extremely unique and captivating. This piece of artwork really brings out empowerment of black women by portraying strength, bravery, and power. The Wives of Shango story connection to the Civil Rights movement is something I deem to be very clever. I think this artist did a great job of depicting what he believed in. “In Past ShowWitness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties at Brooklyn Museum.” Jeff Donaldson | Wives of Shango (1969) | Artsy, www.artsy.net/artwork/jeff-donaldson-wives-of-shango
Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential figures in jazz during the Harlem Renaissance, an intellectual, social, and artistic movement by the black community. What a wonderful world is one of the songs that came out during this movement showing a positive outlook on life and hardships. This song inspired many in the movement to continue fighting for what they thought. The song says ¨I see trees of green, red roses too, I see them bloom for me and you, And I think to myself what a wonderful world¨. The song lyrics only show a positive view on life, which helped the black community in this time of crisis. I found this song to be very helpful at the time of hate and discrimination. This song was a positive and inspirational hit to many at the time. It influenced and motivated people to do good in times of negativity. Discrimination and segregation were a problem, but during the Harlem Renaissance it really helped the black community show their side of the story where they could express their day-to-day lives. “What A Wonderful World Lyrics.” What A Wonderful World Lyrics - Louis Armstrong, www.lyricsfreak.com/l/louis armstrong/what a wonderful world_20085347.html.
The foundation of the“I have a dream” speech is the Emancipation Proclamation. This proclamation had freed the black slaves and had freed the black man, but even so 100 years later the black man is still enslaved to discrimination and segregation. Martin Luther King Jr. then talks about the Deartion where it gave freedom to all citizens, yet the black was still not free. Back then people did bad things, but there had to be a time of change and Dr. King believed that change needed to occur for a place of peace. He then ended with his famous quote “I have a dream” we’re he listed what world of peace could look like and with freedom of the black man we will all be free at last. I found this speech to be very poetic and meaningful. It was real smart by starting off with the Emancipation Proclamation and creating the connection that even so we born free that freedom isn’t always given to us. This speech was thought out well and was extremely clever in its various connections. By using repetition Dr. King made his point where dreams of peace can become reality. The real beauty of everything was that his dreams became a reality and is something we’re able to live through today. (1963) Martin Luther King Jr., "I Have a Dream" | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed, www.blackpast.org/1963-martin-luther-king-jr-i-have-dream.
The pictures demonstrate threats and terror that the black community experienced. It also had various content of black protesters practicing to endure pain and harassment in order to avoid the white protests. Death, injuries, and violence has been shown in these pictures, but nothing stopped these civil rights protesters from doing what was right. The photos begin to show unity within the black and white communities as well by doing day-to-day chores and actions. Mobs of people are shown holding signs which read “I am a man” in order to show the world that they are human and not animals. I found these pictures to be quite shocking. It’s hard to think this all happened about 65 years ago, that segregation and discrimination was so high. It’s unbelievable to think that we were so cruel to one another back then because of the color of our skin. Present day we are more connected and to think all this happened for a small reason is sad. “The civil rights movement in photos.” CNN, Cable News Network, 8 Apr. 2014, www.cnn.com/2014/04/07/us/gallery/iconic-civil-rights/index.html.
Today black lives are highly at stake for being accused of wrongdoings and even death by the hands of the law. The huge debate today is based on the black community and their constant blame on a variety of things. Police are being accused of being racist for shooting these innocent people, while they got off easily with no consequences. Today society is focused on The Black Lives Matter movement where its fight is against the police and its where people bring up the civil rights movement. People say the civil rights movement causes for society to go against these laws and for this corruption to occur, but many people do not realize that the civil rights movement was a positive protest for better life and not go against federal laws. I found this article to be highly informal on what people think and I think it's very interesting that people blame it on the civil rights movement. It shows the ignorance and lack of awareness people have on history. The civil rights movement was one of the most well known protests that helped the black community show their personal attributes. Without this movement it wouldn't have brought awareness to any issues and more people need to acknowledge the civil rights movement. Rosenberg, Paul. “Think Black Lives Matter Is "divisive"? The Civil Rights Movement split the U.S. far more.” Salon, 20 July 2016, www.salon.com/2016/07/20/think_black_lives_matter_is_divisive_the_civil_rights_movement_split_the_u_s_far_more/.
Our country has a history of avoiding and disapproving civil rights protests, but within the 1960’s during the Civil Rights movement there is one of the most impactful moments in history. The famous “I have a dream” speech gave a picture to many that there needed to be something done in order to promote equality within the people. Not everyone accepted the civil right protests, since they considered the the movement to hurt society more than to actually help it. As opposition and hate grew mobs in southern cities attacked the freedom riders, the activist who wanted a ban on bus segregation. As time passed the civil rights protests had created a cause for new laws, but also created backlash within the black community. I found this article to be very interesting in that not everyone supported the civil rights movement. One would think that a movement where equity and equality are spread would be supported, but not in this case. Racial issues and discrimination were a problem that highly influenced the hate towards the protests, so that could’ve been the main factor on why people were against it. Izadi, Elahe. “Black Lives Matter and Americas long history of resisting civil rights protesters.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 19 Apr. 2016, www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/04/19/black-lives-matters-and-americas-long-history-of-resisting-civil-rights-protesters/?utm_term=.ea24255f6796#comments.