Feb 16, 2021
Feb 16, 2021

Selma

Selma

1965, printed c. 1970

Leonard Freed

(American, 1929-2006)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 22 x 32.7 cm (8 11/16 x 12 7/8 in.); Paper: 27.8 x 35.2 cm (10 15/16 x 13 7/8 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.34

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Music was an essential element of the Civil Rights Movement protests in the 1960s.

Description

Music was an important component of the Selma demonstrations according to Carl Benkert, “music in song expressing hope and sorrow, music to pacify or excite.” The Detroiter recorded his fellow protesters singing Freedom Songs. They adapted the words of these hymns and popular songs to fit their situations, substituting the names of the moment’s heroes and oppressors.

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