Bruce Davidson’s “Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-1965

The period from 1961 - 1965 was the defining era of the American civil rights movement. As a participant and observer of this struggle for racial equality, Bruce Davidson chronicled the demonstrations, the protests, the aftermath of the bombings, and the social and political tumult that arose out of the conflict. “Time of Change” is a testament to the everyday lives of the people who fought against accepted social norms of segregation, poverty, and discrimination. Organized into five sections - New York City, 1960 to 1965; Chicago, 1962; The South, 1961 to 1965; Freedom Ride, 1961 - Mississippi Freedom March - Birmingham Demonstrations - March on Washington, 1963 - Voter Registration; and Mother Brown, 1962 - “Time of Change” tells a compelling story of community pride and survival, work, love and self-determination. By linking seemingly unrelated stories, Davidson shows us that there was more to the civil rights movement than the violent and racially-charged images we have so often seen. He has provided the viewer with an alternative reading of life in the North and the South, and through this promotes a reinterpretation of our understanding of equal justice and the ongoing struggle for an egalitarian future.

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  •  Hampton, Virginia. 1962.
  • . New York City. 1962. Black Americans.
  •  New York City. 1963. Malcolm X rally in Harlem.
  • Birmingham, Alabama. 1963. Arrest of a demonstrator.
  •  South Carolina. 1962. Cotton field workers.
  • Hampton, Virginia. 1962.
  • New York City. 1962. Coney Island.
  •  ”khrushchev can eat here why can’t we”  Alabama. 1963. Black Americans.
  • Alabama. Selma. 1965. Led by Martin Luther King Jr., a group of civil rights demonstrators march from Selma to Montgomery to fight for black suffrage.
  •  Alabama, Montgomery. The Great Freedom March. Martin Luther KING Jr. led a group of marchers from Selma to Montgomery to fight for black suffrage. 1965

Greene County is buzzing this week over a surprising confrontation at one of its schools.  A four-year-old kid with attention deficit disorder caused a ruckus in the pre-K classroom, and when the principal could not restore calm, the local sheriff handcuffed the child and took him away in a squad car.

This story began in mid-October when a child at Nathanael Greene Primary School allegedly threw blocks, climbed over desks, hit, scratched, and kicked the principal and the director of special education. A sheriff’s deputy assigned to the schools was summoned, and his boss — County Sheriff Steven Smith – says the student was handcuffed.

"The boy was out of control, basically, throwing his arms around and kicking— trying to kick the deputy, trying to run away, and the deputy felt that putting the handcuffs on him was for his safety as well as everybody else’s.

The child’s mother, Tracy Wood, was notified, arriving at school soon after she got the call.

"When you call a parent to get their child, when they get to the school, you expect the child to be there— especially when you arrive in a timely manner." Instead, she was met by the principal who said the boy had been transported to the sheriff’s office.  Wood went right over and found her son’s legs in shackles.

“Once he got inside the office, since he tried to run and kick the deputies, they took the handcuffs off him and put the leg shackles on him, ” said Smith.