Picturing Civil Rights
For many of us, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is marked by individual acts of service that acknowledge the contributions of Dr. King and others to the African American struggles over civil rights. Picturing Civil Rights is a collective act of remembrance of civil rights narratives, timed to coincide with MLK Day.
Placenames, statues, commemorative plaques, historic buildings and markers are part of the everyday landscape of many American towns and cities. In 2019, it was reported that more than 1,000 streets are named for MLK around the globe. To observe MLK Day in 2021, Weitzman's Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS) wants to share the public places from your neighborhood, community or travels where leaders, events and struggles of the Civil Rights movement are marked and remembered.
Please join in the digital exhibition commemorating African-American and other civil rights histories and share your photos of local sites with us. You will be asked to fill in a few facts about what you’re contributing, and upload your photo. Picturing Civil Rights will be featured on our new website next month. The deadline is MLK Day: Monday, January 18, 2021.
You can also submit a photo via Twitter. Tweet your image to @civilrightsites and include a short description of the photo, its date and location, and add the hashtag #picturingcivilrights.
The Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS) is devoted to the preservation of built environments that reflect and symbolize the civil rights movement in the US. CPCRS is committed to advancing the understanding and sustainable conservation of heritage places commemorating the African-American struggle, before and after the passage of the 14th Amendment. Read about CPCRS invitiatives.
“It was really exciting how [the students] did not even try to pretend that landscape architecture or other design professions are neutral,” says Beka Economopoulos, an artist, activist and founder of the Natural History Museum, who served as a guest critic and juror for the studio. “They’re always serving some end.”