Four black university students walked into a Woolworth’s store and sat down at the lunch counter and waited to be served. It is February 1, 1960 and the place is Greensboro, North Carolina.They are refused service as they are sitting at a “Whites only” counter and are asked to leave. by the manager.
Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, , David Richmond, Ezell Blair, Jr. who later changed his name to Jibreel Khazan)– stayed until the store closed.
The next day students began arriving from Bennett College, a young women’s school as well as other campuses in the area. This was the start of the famous sit-in. Students busied themselves with studying and reading books while they were heckled by white onlookers. The lunch counter staff continued to refuse them service but a fire had been lit and a civil rights movement was in full flame.
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I decided to take a copy of “The Selma to Montgomery March” from 1968 to demonstrate how current issues of injustice still require the community to mobilize against a cause. My interpretation includes manipulating the video artistically to match Public Enemy “Fight the Power” — a song that captured the moment of civil unrest in 1989. I decided to superimpose names of the most recent victims of police brutality. This follows my beat on civil rights and bullying.
Please closely observe how individuals from every race, class and gender mobilized to peacefully demonstrate for a cause. Please note the obstacles that many had to overcome to participate. Many of these individuals had no idea of how they were “fighting the power”.
I am personally moved by the young man walking bare foot and another man walking with a white cane. Who is the gentleman walking with thick mud on his shoes? Women dressed for a Sunday outing are actually prepared to walk from “Selma to Montgomery”.