While roaming the country and observing different places, I had the opportunity to capture the present version of America’s past. What do I mean by that? Here’s an example from Selma, AL.
Road Trip - Selma, Alabama - In 1965 became the heart of the civil rights movement after a small group of local citizens organized 600 people to march to Montgomery in protest of the current voting practices in the state. At the time the board of elections would open only 2 days a month, arrive late and take long lunch breaks in order to discourage blacks from registering to vote. Those 600 people were attacked with dogs, tear gas, beaten and driven back to Selma. Two weeks later Martin Luther King joined them and completed the march to Montgomery, by which time the number had grown to 25,000.
Each year now, there is an annual bridge crossing Jubilee which takes place the first weekend in March at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and is attended by 30,000 people! It is a street festival of music, art and history. In addition, the Jubilee is the celebration and commemoration of the right to vote and March from Selma to Montgomery. It also serves as a reunion for many of the Voting and Civil Rights participants.
I posed an opportunity earlier today via my Facebook page. I invited people to share their thoughts on capital punishment. So far, crickets. Not because people probably don’t have thoughts but because the topic is controversial to say the least.
I’ll ask the Tumblr community to share your thoughts on this topic. Or, if you prefer, no matter our stance, we can all take a moment of silence for Troy Davis today.
The politics of seeing……
Through my art, I try to capture the stories of people and politics, of what’s right and what needs improvement. These fundamentals apply to business in the Web 2.0 world, too. Here Mark Hughes gives us some insight into storytelling.
As an artist, member of the media, business owner and citizen in this world, I try to follow this quote:
Storytelling is not what I do for a living - it is how I do all that I do while I am living.Donald Davis
There is only one art, whose sole criterion is the power, the authenticity, the revelatory insight, the courage and suggestiveness with which it seeks its truth. Thus, from the standpoint of the work and its worth it is irrelevant to which political ideas the artist as a citizen claims allegiance, which ideas he would like to serve with his work or whether he holds any such ideas at all. (Vaclav Havel)
Seek the truth, spread the truth. Share Art. That’s the only way.