Although the Emancipation Proclamation was a monumental
document in our Nation’s history, reaffirming the Constitutional
doctrine stating that “ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL,” the
struggle for equality was by no means an easy one for early
Their challenge was to fill the void left by
countless unfilled promises. As time elapsed in our Nation’s
history, promises to African-Americans quickly turned into
restrictions against them, and violations of these restrictions
yielded dangerous liabilities. Thus, the ushering in the infamous
“ JIM CROW ” era is but one example of the mistreatment that
ultimately catapulted millions of African-Americans into writing
their own documents of history.
This photographic collage
entitled “Emancipation,” attempts to convey the poignant
message of African-Americans struggles, by capturing the
images of courageous men and women who walked on the
well traveled path towards freedom, whether it be freedom by
expression of mind or freedom by way of symbolism.
men and women, encompassing artist, patriots, martyrs,
athletes, educators, social activists, religious and civil rights
leaders, they are only a small army of the many freedom
fighters who served as a reminder, and as an educational tool
for the next generation of leaders, who also wish to emancipate
themselves, now from metal slavery.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Now available 11" x 17" Print