A Photo Essay by Stephanie Glass Solomon, Antioch Professor Emerita
AULA Undergraduate Studies is pleased to present four prints from Stephanie Glass Solomon’s 2016 Puffin Award-Winning show, Foot Soldiers for Justice. A slide show, with the complete series of images from this project can be viewed in the AULA Student Lounge.
March 2017 marks the 52nd anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Bloody Sunday refers to March 7, 1965 when marchers attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way to Montgomery, Alabama to confront Governor George Wallace and demand their Constitutional right to vote, a right that was systematically denied to them in the Jim Crow South. As they crossed, State Troopers and possemen brutally attacked the marchers, turning them back. With the nation shamed by this and other violent events perpetrated by the state and vigilantes, President Lyndon Johnson was able to persuade the US Congress to pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
This March 2017, as people once again commemorate these events and cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, eighteen photos from Foot Soldiers for Justice will be on exhibit in the new gallery of the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail Museum in Selma’s Interpretive Center.
Foot Soldiers for Justice is a reminder that the struggle for voting rights continues, and that echoes from Selma are still being heard. For more information on this project visit Footsoldiersforjustice.com and to contact Stephanie, you may email her at: [email protected].
Karen Hamilton ’17 (Antioch Los Angeles, MA) is Antioch's Director of Marketing for Content and Communications. She has used her storytelling and copywriting skills for more than twenty years, crafting articles and creating publications. She believes that communication is a powerful driver for social change.