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Melanie Light – Ken Light : Picturing Resistance

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A compelling photographic history of the important moments of American progressive political resistance–from the civil rights movement to the present–to inspire the change-makers and activists of today. This photo book by Ken and Melanie Light celebrates the path of resisters in America in the modern era. It begins with the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and the civil rights movement that followed, setting the tone and inspiring the decades of activism to come. The tumultuous sixties gave way to the seventies, the backlash of the eighties and early nineties, and the digital revolution and rapid globalization of the twenty-first century. Each photograph tells a story. Some are iconic images taken at watershed events in big movements; others illustrate smaller but no less important moments. The images, work of eighty-five different photographers show every phase of resistance, suggesting a paradox: consistent and disciplined organizing coupled with the emotional outburst of people moved to their core. The marches, actions, and movements depicted in these images stem from years of work by people with clear, unstoppable vision. And at every...

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