Renowned African American writer, James Baldwin in 1963, was emphatic in answering a group of young people, who had doubts about their future in America.
Baldwin’s dream was deferred to 2008, when Barak Obama moved into the White House.
FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE, is a visual history of the Civil Rights Struggle, from Paul Robeson to today, when Senator Rand Paul, will stand for 13 hours to oppose the wishes of a (Negro) (Black), African American leader of the free world.
The Smithsonian Museum is responsible for this display, looking at the negative imagery of Amos and Andy, with its “self-depreciating language”; the black Barbie doll from Mattel (1979); Althea Gibson, who shocked the upper crust at Wimbledon; Cassius Marcellus Clay (Mohammed Ali), and not to miss out mention of the historic march on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s, “I have a dream” speech.
Focus here is change came about because the world could see America, through video, television. They saw Harry Belafonte’s magic of 1956, Malcolm X’s refusal to carry his “slave master’s name”, and Gordon Parks “SHAFT” reversing the always inevitable, death of the “negro” in film.
This exhibition is at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. But who will see it except students, who are now on Spring break. The public will not want to pay the parking meter of 25 cents per 15 minutes, and then to walk 15 minutes to the Gallery.Calculate the cost!
To echo W.E. Du Bois, there is a “crisis” here and a “danger” in the way the establishment does things.