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AACHAN_210514_01.JPG: Black Lives Matter, 2015
Trayvon Martin's death gave rise to a national movement that gained momentum as additional black men and women were killed by police.
Justice for Trayvon, 2012
Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by a community watch volunteer while walking to his father's home in Sanford, Florida. Nationwide protests focused on racial profiling, police misconduct, and an overly permissive "stand your ground" self-defense law in Florida. This placard was carried at a rally in front of the White House. Later, a jury acquitted Martin's killer.
[Note that the museum hasn't added anything from the George Floyd BLM protests yet.]
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Description of Subject Matter: A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
September 24, 2016 – Indefinitely
This exhibition illustrates the impact of African Americans on life in the United States—social, economic, political, and cultural—from the death of Martin Luther King Jr. to the second election of President Barack Obama. Subjects include the Black Arts Movement, hip-hop, the Black Panthers, the rise of the black middle class and, more recently, the #BlackLivesMatter movement. This exhibition encompasses several sections focusing on the Black Power era of the 1960s and ’70s, Black Studies at universities, racial dynamics in cities and suburbs, and the changing role of the black middle class. The year 1968 is seen as a turning point in the modern struggle for freedom and equality with artifacts such as painted plywood panels from Resurrection City, a “Huey Newton, Minister of Defense” poster, and handmade banners from the 2008 presidential election.
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2021 photos: This year, which started with former child president's attempted coup and the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, gradually got better.
Trips this year:
(May, October) After getting fully vaccinated, I made two trips down to Asheville, NC to visit my dad and his wife Dixie, and
(mid-July) I made a quick trip up to Stockbridge, MA to see the Norman Rockwell Museum again as well as Daniel Chester French's place @ Chesterwood.
Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
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