The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality
The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality

The Movement: Documentary of a Struggle for Equality

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'The Movement' presents photographs and text compiled by Lorraine Hansberry of the Civil Rights movement with the cooperation and assistance of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1964. The photographs were taken by Danny Lyon, Don Charles, Norris McNamara, and several others.

Throughout the book, Hansberry uses the photographs to tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of those who are leading it. Lorraine captioned the photos with quotes by W.E.B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, Robert Moses, Negro spirituals, and grassroots Civil Rights workers. The photographs document the economic context of deep poverty in the South, the consequences of whiteness for poor white people, the atmosphere of white terrorism that the Movement operated in, the beauty and dignity of poor blacks who were the bedrock of the Movement, and the heroism and sacrifice of the youth.

Hansberry had been involved with Civil Rights struggles since before she achieved fame for Raisin in the Sun, was mentored by Paul Robeson and W.E.B. Du Bois, and consistently drew a connection between the struggle of African Americans for Civil Rights and imperialist wars perpetrated by the same white supremacist government