“One of the most extraordinary and least understood aspects of Dr. Martin Luther King’s leadership was his incisive understanding of the power of visual images to alter public opinion,” says Maurice Berger, standing in front of an oversize silk-screen portrait of the slain civil rights leader. from Smithsonian Magazine
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Junior Day, I’ve collected images from a museum that I’ve been to of Civil Rights Movement art. What and how can art shape the Civil Rights Movement? I think you will agree that the powerful images convey a truth that resonates with viewers and packs an emotional punch that might bring a bystander into a fight for justice. Imagery can be powerful stuff.
Questions to ask kids:
- What is your first reaction to image you see?
- What is happening?
- What elements seem real?
- What do you think the artist is trying to convey?
- What emotions are you feeling when you view the art work?
- Do you emotions change the longer you look at it?
- Why do you think the artist created this piece?
What do you think? What images do you like best from this collection? Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
p.s. I have some posts on books for Civil Rights Movement for kids here:
The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell, image from Norman Rockwell Museum
From Rhode Island School of Design Museum
From Boston Museum of Fine Art
National Gallery of Canada
Interested in learning more about Civil Rights Movement Art? I found these interesting links:
Smithsonian Oh Freedom! Art Exhibit
BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.