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  • Using images to change history

    The civil rights movement was full of dynamic and evocative images. Today, even many of us born after its iconic moments were captured on film can describe Martin Luther King Jr.'s outstretched arm pointing a sea of people toward a future decades beyond the short span of his life, or German shepherds in Birmingham ripping into black skin, as if we had watched these events live. But 50 years after the March on Washington, one local institution is helping audiences revisit this period in American history and examine details that were largely overlooked.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.: 12 essential reads

    Today the nation honors the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the reverend and activist who led the American civil rights movement. As King studied nonviolence as practiced by Gandhi and imagined by Henry David Thoreau, now his own life and work are the...

    They're black and they're proud

    They're black and they're proud
    Photographer Gordon Parks' "Ethel Shariff in Chicago" depicts the daughter of religious activist Elijah Muhammad in a nun's habit, standing at the fore of rows of black women in the same attire. In Parks' "American Gothic," the late lensman who documented...

    Macy's Aventura salutes Gordon Parks as part of Black History Month

    Macy's Aventura salutes Gordon Parks as part of Black History Month
    As part of Black History Month, Macy's in Aventura Mall will honor Gordon Parks Saturday with the photographic art installation viewing of iconic works from the artist, composer, author ("The Learning Tree") and filmmaker ("Shaft"). Parks' life will...

    Remembering photographer Jerome Liebling

    Jerome Liebling, the renowned documentary photographer and filmmaker, died late last week in Northampton, Mass. He was 87. During his long career, Liebling specialized in capturing street life around the country. His photographs documented the lives of...