Friday, November 04, 2011
Joanne Bland- civil rights pioneer
Joanne Bland was an eleven-year-old civil rights marcher in Selma, Alabama, when she, along with hundreds of others, was beaten and jailed by Alabama state troopers while crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge in 1965, in what has come to be known to history as "Bloody Sunday."
She has remained an activist, and is co-founder of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma.
These portraits were made in Washington, DC, where she spoke to the students and supporters of Operation Understanding DC. She spoke of her work, hopes, and of passing on the legacy of courageous activism for human dignity. She has met in Selma with over 400 OUDC participants over the past seventeen years, sharing her story and the continuing history of struggle for justice and fairness for all.