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Two things caught my eye culturally this week both related to the Civil Rights Movement, exciting considering its not Black History Month. As we know, the Civil Rights Movement had a built-in national stage with the advent of the 30 minute news TV show in the 1960s bringing graphic images to every suburban living room in the nation.

In New York, where all things fabulous live, the Bronx Museum of the Arts is hosting the International Center of Photography‘s show entitled “Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968.” The original show from ICP “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” contains photographs, video as well as clippings from newspapers, magazines and posters among other things. (Slideshow of images from the NY Times)

Also in a new book, Breach of Peace, photojournalist Eric Etheridge found as many freedom riders as possible and compared their mugshots to their current photos. Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor at The Atlantic, writes about a 19- year-old white girl in the book, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, who had a canister of sugar dumped all over her while she sat protesting at a Woolworth counter.

Coates reminds us to avoid talking about what “we would have done” when racism and segregation was the law of our land. There are so many people who didn’t do anything back then when the revolution was not only knocking on their front door but came in and had a seat at their kitchen table.

These two cultural gems are worth checking even if you just pursue the images online. Enjoy.

Photo: Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos, via High Museum of Art

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