Segregation, equal rights, and social injustice: these three things were the basis of the Civil Rights Movement and also a big part of an ongoing exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
The Continual Struggle: The American Freedom Movement and the Seeds of Social Change opens at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Thursday, February 20.
The exhibit is an ongoing body of artwork documenting the Civil Rights Movement and America’s historical struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based injunctions. According to the artist, Brian Washington, the 23-piece exhibit vividly recalls a time when people were willing to go into the streets to protest injustice and inequality.
As a way to honor those who fought for freedom and equal rights before him, Washington began a year-long independent study developing his concept for what would become “The Continual Struggle, Edition 1.” In 2003, Washington’s 11-piece first-edition series, formally titled “The Continual Struggle: The Civil Rights Movement – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” was acquired in its entirety by the Smithsonian Institution,
Thirteen years later, Washington's second edition of The Continual Struggle, titled "The Continual Struggle: The American Freedom movement and the Seeds of Social Change,” opened at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. And tomorrow opens at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
Washington will hold a presentation before the opening in the museum auditorium. The event is open to the public and fee to attend.
The exhibit will remain open until May 31.
5) While attending Duke University, Brian Washington, a world-class self-taught artist and award-winning Los Angeles based attorney, began increasingly aware of the social injustices and inequalities surrounding him.