Vicki Vardaman Lynn, IN When I took my 4 year old grandson to the Indianapolis Children’s museum’s exhibit of Ruby Bridge’s school and the reproduction of the empty classroom she entered, he listened intently to the story and replied, “Mamaw! I did not know that!”
G. Arunima New Dehli, India I am visiting from India, and for many of us the civil rights movement, and the debates and politics of race have been deeply formative in our political growth.
Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins, MD, MSc, New York City, NY. Manhattan. Collected from The Race Card Project, On Location: The Brooklyn Museum My grandmother came from Grenada in 1926 and got a job at the Waldorf-Astoria cleaning because she was light enough to pass for white. My grandfather had no work until WWII broke out (he was […]
Yochanan Kushnir New York City, NY Manhattan The answer is drowned in silence and pain.
Jani Lee New York City, NY I accept what African American friends/co-workers say, I would like to answer, “But it wasn’t me.” I listen, feel and absorb their pain in an attempt to try and make things right.
Hyung Nam Portland, OR Melting pot was for the construction of whiteness
Janice Lowe New York City, NY My mother, Dr. Willa Lowe was one of the first black English teachers in several high schools in New Jersey, Washington, DC and Ohio. She was part of that first wave of school integration in which talented African American teachers were hired before African American students were admitted. She […]
Joseph Comer Melbourne, Australia
Alyssa Cartee New York City, NY Queens Every word and every action in life has such extreme consequences. The Civil Rights movement reminds me that the choice to make your words and actions negative or positive prove who you are as a person
Megonon New York City, NY History has proved that mankind cannot under any circumstances good/bad..rule each other fairly..there will always be prejudices/favoritism/biases..thats the common psychcology of man…they need a higher power
Ryan Brooke Taylor, New York City, NY. Collected from: WITNESS: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties at The Brooklyn Museum My experience as a black male artist is directly related to the sacrifices and gains made by those who participated, in any and every way in the civil rights movement. They have made me […]
Jeannie Coicou New York City, NY Brooklyn The story behind my six words is that in this world there are forces that benefit by keeping the masses asleep. Realizing that we’re all a human family. Separation and devision is merely a tactic and as long as we don’t see each other as brothers and sisters. […]
Reynolds Tenazas-Norman New York City, NY Brooklyn I realized that art was a major part of the political story and it was uplifting.
Stacy N Knight New York City, NY Brooklyn The “civil rights movement” has not ended nor has the history eluded my development- It is my current reality. I vividly remember the first time I was called a ni**** at age 5 and the most recent experience of being called “black devil” at age 28.
Kristia Molina New York City, NY Brooklyn I sacrifice a lot for my family because we are going through a tough time
Amy New York City, NY Brooklyn The power of everyday people to stand up and not take racism, sexism, anti-semetism, homophobia as okay. We must fight and always speak out. We cannot be silent, even when it seems like the hatred is focussed on “others” because we are all humans and one person being put […]
Christopher McBride New York City, NY Brooklyn Seeing that exhibit really brought about a strong reaction emotionally from myself. As a musician, seeing the visual art side of things was really powerful.
Andea Robinson NY If nothing changes, nothing changes.
Daniel Cohen Stroudsburg, PA I am so grateful that you have this exhibit. The sixties and the political movements of that time were so exciting to be part of. We could sure use that passion and commitment today. In spite of King, would anything have happened without blood? Is that what it will take today?
David Jolliffe Outside NYC, NY
Clare Hilger As an artist and art teacher I believe art can make us consider important issues in our world though visual means impacting us intellectually aesthetically, and emotionally. We enrich our lives through the sharing of art.
Lisbet Mingo Oakland, CA What it feels like to share everything with those closest to you–except the color of your skin. And how that changes everything…
IYANU MILLER-TAHIR New York City, NY IF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS NOT THERE I MIGHT NOT BE A FREE CHILD. I MIGHT HAVE TO GO TO AN ALL BLACK SCHOOL FOR SIXTH GRADE. I AM VERY THANKFULL FOR THE MOVEMENT BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE HAD TO FACE SEGRAGATION AND THE CAREUL UNFAIRNESS THAT I […]
Dan Kelly San Francisco, CA I was in a Brooklyn HS in the early 60s and the images coming from the south inspired me to question the social conventions that supported segregation, From that it was a short jump to questioning forteign policies that justified invading 3rd world countries. College seemed irrelevant and I left […]
Anonymous West Hempstead, NY
Ginger Williams St. Louis, MO If it had not happened how could one in good conscience live in this country?
Chris G Murray New York City, NY Manhattan As an activist in the 60’s/70’s and having had our share of victories, I continue the fight for liberty, freedom and doing what is morally right. All people must live together and combine their strengths to fight against the multi-national corporations
Amaya, NY. Collected from The Race Card Project, On Location: The Brooklyn Museum
Chenelle Nixon, New York City, NY. Queens. Collected from The Race Card Project, On Location: The Brooklyn Museum What is a race when no one is winning? Race should not define superiority but a majority of human spirit reaching the finish line of equality, freedom, abandonment of self-hate and persecution the color of ones skin.
Erik Shawn Frampton, Charlotte, NC. I am the descendant of a line of plantation owners in South Carolina. As a gay man, my upcoming marriage will finally occur on our 20th anniversary together. My larger southern family struggles to see my identity as sacred, just as they struggle still to see minority life as sacred. […]
Abby London-Crawford New York City, NY The Bronx I still teach the songs of the Civil Rights Movement to pass on its legacy to young children.
Sierra Odessa New York City, NY Manhattan
Jeff Schaffer Los Angeles, CA Seeing this exhibit reminds me of the sacrifices made by our predecessors, and inspires me to continue working for a world in which all are cherished for their diversity, and there is equal opportunity for all.
Nathaniel Hunt Glen Burnie, MD My parents are an interracial couple. I am a homosexual young man. And today is my 23rd birthday. Without the Civil Rights Movement, my parents would not have had the courage or approval to find, love, and marry each other. Without it, I may never have been born and if […]
Dawn Erica Veronica Murray Nadeaud Toronto, Canada Irrespective of race, religion and country of origin, we all want and deserve the same things – peace, love and prosperity for our families and for ourselves. We are more alike than we are different. This is what I have learned over the past 48 years of my […]
Michelle Liv, New York City, NY. Brooklyn As a person of color, it still angers me that mainstream society still regards what is “white” as “normal” or the status quo. I hate being judged on my racial appearance and assumed that I do not speak English because I am not white. These words were uttered […]
Mary Lambert Merrick, NY I lived through the Civil Rights Movement. I once walked out of a store in SDouth Bend IN and was confronted with a full scale KKK march. I remember the riots of 1968–I lived in a mixed race neighborhood and we often sat on ourporch and watched the fires buring a […]
Malcolm Long Corley New York City, NY Brooklyn It is amazing how people lived and fought during these times. Seeing the black and white pictures almost gives the viewer the same experiences of whats happening in the pictures.
Asha Parker New York City, NY Though we have come a long way, we are still shown on a daily basis that we are no where near the end of the fight to end racial discrimination.
Jennifer Achilles New York CIty, NY Manhattan I wish people understood the power of institutionalized racism and sexism in our society — it’s not about one person or one news network feeling a certain way; we are all affected.
Donte Griffin New York City, NY
Brianna Zimmerman New York City, NY
Miriam Haas Ossining, NY Early one morning my mother sister and I left the county center parking lot in White Plains NY for a trip to Washington. I was in the sixth grade and white. We went to the March on Washington. I will never forget it.
Jessica Danielle Jensen Tampa, FL I am the product of two people who only saw “who” there were, not “what” they were. Because of their bond, they produced four daughters (including me) who I believe are very beautiful. Mixed-race children represent the beauty that comes from open hearts and open minds. And, they have GREAT […]
Charles James Martinez, CA Feel the collective guilt of being white, and the responsibility to move forward in my time.
Joan Pleune New York City, NY Brooklyn I was a 1961 freedom rider. When I look at Brooklyn today through a lens of race, life seems better for only a handful of lucky souls.
Doris Bell New York City, NY Brooklyn In my experience in the public school system in NYC starting in 1927 there was always an awareness of discrimination that I had to overcome in order to achieve my goals.
Anonymous New York City, NY Queens
Nina New York City, NY IT IS A CONTINUAL PROCESS TO UNPACK THE DANGEROUS THINGS I WAS TAUGHT AND TO UNDERSTAND HOW IT AFFECTS HOW I SEE OTHERS AND LIVE MY LIFE.
Mickey Lambert New York City, NY Brooklyn In a time that most people think of as a “post-civil-rights” era, in many ways, we are more tied up in injustice and inequality than ever. These images and sounds are a reminder that social justice looks like something more encompassing.
Ashley New York City, NY The Bronx
Lorraine LaPrade New York City, NY Brooklyn Learning about the Civil Rights movement gave me confidence as a young woman.
Lupe Family Covington, GA Take the exhibit world wide. Take to southwest. northwest, south and Maine of USA.
Erica Bailey Thousand Oaks, CA
Richard R Clarke West New York, NJ This is what I see happening to people over and over again, no matter what their race, color or cultural identity.
Alda New York City, NY Staten Island
OTI OBOH New York City, NY Brooklyn I’m Nigerian born raised in the US and find my fluidity in my identity as Nigerian, as American and as Nigerian-American flow in the different spaces I occupy. The Civil Rights allowed for more expansion of African people to occupy different parts in the world.
Christopher Loncke New York City, NY Brooklyn
Amalia New York City, NY Brooklyn
Nick Rabkin Chicago, IL So much of who I am is comes from my sense that the fight for civil rights is really the fight for the real American dream. I was active in the campaign to elect Harold Washington mayor of Chicago, and I worked in his administration. Harold!
Michael. C. Fleishman Yellow Springs, OH This was an absolutely splendid show that impacted me spiritually, emotionally, artistically. Thank you for the opportunity to witness.
Lea Houston, TX Be aware of what is happening not just in your inner bubble but in the world. Know your rights. Know your culture. Know your voice.
Brunilda Marrero New York City, NY Brooklyn
Susan B New York City, NY Brooklyn
Susan Benjamin Roslyn, NY I think so highly of President Obama and have been overwhelmed at the depth of fear and nastiness that has surfaced from the old white guard still in elected office and surfacing in those that voted for those old white men.
Ryan Mekenian New York City, NY Brooklyn
Jamie Rice Hoboken, NJ The Beloved Community will never be fully realized until we can talk openly, clearly, and candidly about race and cultural identity.
Rachel Potts Jersey City, NJ As an educator, I see every day the ongoing, engrained inequities when it comes to our youngest african american students, mainly boys. 50 years later, access to education alone just isn’t enough.
David J. Shapiro New York City, NY Manhattan After so much sacrifice, blood, time and heartache by whites who supported the Civil Rights Movements, to watch and hear the jubilation of a “not guilty” verdict from a community who benefited from that work, for a man who brutally murdered two whites, I was heart-struck.
Sheila Mahoney Boston, MA I was 10 in 1965 and am the Granddaughter of Irish immigrants also brutalized by white supremacists who went to Ireland from England to perform their cruelty. I cold relate to other American children in the south because of what my people in Ireland had endured. When will it all just […]
Ashley Williams Outside NYC
Saundra Thomas New York City, NY My life began at the start of the civil rights movement. 1962. the music of the civil rights movement is the soundtrack of my childhood. I grew up black in a mixed community, too black to befriend the whites and too “white” to befriend the blacks….and lesbian. my legacy […]
Susan Siegel New York City, NY Brooklyn l am living on the backs of those that struggled and fought so that I can live my life outloud.
Federico Hewson New York City, NY Our times, our parents times and the residue of their struggles are remembered in all our struggles and celebrations today.
Kacie Vancouver, WA I grew up in a very white area of the U.S. and still at 23 years old, I’ve had very few friends of different races or lifestyles. Only within the last year have I learned a lot about a different race (Hispanic culture, particularly Mexican) and it has been the most eye […]
Renee Risher New York City, NY Brooklyn
Tom Kratz New York City, NY Staten Island
Kristin New York City, NY The Bronx
Jose G. Martinez Flores Mayaguez, Puerto Rico The essential fact that we are all human, regardless of any difference.
Cynthia Farrell Johnson Silver Spring, MD First, the Civil Rights Movement opened doors, allowing me to train as a visual artist, and also study art history. The Movement forced changes in hiring practices which enabled me to have a rewarding career as a diplomat, traveling the globe conducting cultural diplomacy programs. I thank God every […]
F. Delvin Washington Oakland, CA We still have a long way to go.
Anonymous I grew after this period of time, but I grew up being taught that we are all humans who have feelings, hopes dreams, and emotions. We are all equal here.
John Moore We are all one and should be treating each other that way.
Jacob Morrison New York City, NY The Bronx
Graham Forrester Saskatoon, Saskatchewan These are the six words that I live my life by
Samuel Boot Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Equality – There is no equality, the Caucasian are more powerful. Freedom – The African-Americans have no rights, they have no power. White – Caucasian people and their power & cruelty. Terror – The terror that the African-Americans had to go through. Power – Unequal power of the two races because […]
Tarnyonoh Branch New York City, NY Brooklyn
Sarah Why would you hate someone you’ve never met and hate them just because of the way you look?
Minsang Kang Long Island City, NY
Nacho Santa Fe, NM I was born here.
Chyealla C McBride Chicago, IL I’m an emotional person, but I wasn’t raised to properly express emotion. In learning and reading about other’s experiences, gave me language and comparisons to my own experience in the world. Starting with empathy for my people’s struggles, I grew to be able to express myself emotionally in ways I […]
Kimberly Glaud New York City, NY Brooklyn I chose my six words because of the way the the photos made me feel.
Jamila Best New York City, NY Brooklyn Whereas my ancestors dealt with the troubles of blatant racism, today, Blacks may find themselves in a position in which we are still facing racism, it’s just coded differently. Sometimes, it’s in the face of a disgruntled white employer who may depict you as an angry Black woman, […]
Tiana Icesis Bryant New York City, NY Brooklyn My six words are like the Civil Rights Movement is different from any other subject, more independent, it’s a Lone Ranger. All the other things people say that’s important are not really because they are backed up with some things. People back everything up that’s important to […]
Mary Horvat Vienna, Austria Too often was I told I could not relate to being racialized because my skin is white. I do not agree. I will not remain silent just because I am among the oppressing and not the oppressed.
Larissa Duertscher Vienna, Austria I am speaking up – and after this exhibition more than ever!