First Lady Michelle Obama at the Brown vs. Board of Education Museum, Topeka, Kansas, July 2014
President Barack Obama on the Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan, April 2012
We are living during historic times. The Obamas are changing and reclaiming black history right before our very eyes. The passage of time will only serve to elevate their legacies so, as we move through this momentous era with America’s First Black Family, be present for the journey. Future generations will ask us about Obama as we asked our elders about MLK, Malcolm and JFK. They will ask us what it felt like to live in the Age of Obama. Be a witness to history.
From the landmark 1956 LIFE magazineseries photographed by world-famous photographer Margaret Bourke-White. Some gorgeous color photos of families, kids and a little Saturday night partyin’ at the local juke joint.
They were everyday people who became warriors for justice. They did it to give themselves and their families a better life and they did it for us. Those future generations seemingly so far off in the distance. For us they endured the lynchings, the beatings, the rapes, the murders, the attacks, the daily humiliations. For us.
Today, it is on their shoulders we stand. #NeverForget
1. The American South
2. KKK flyer (Citizens Council) - New Orleans chapter
3. New York City - Miles Davis, 32, was arrested after fighting with a patrolman who had ordered him to move from a crowded sidewalk. Davis was hit on the head with a blackjack for which an ambulance had to be called. (1959)
4. 1951 - Southeast Maids with their employers children. Photo by John Vachon, LOOK magazine series “The South”
5. Segregated bus in Texas c. 1950s
6. March on Washington, 1963
7. Civil rights protest, New York, 1964
8. Memphis, TN Sanitation Strike, 1968
9. A young activist teaching a woman to read and write so that she could vote, Virginia 1960. Photo by Eve Arnold