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'Peace Keepers'
Artwork Title: Clifford Vaughs, Another SNCC Photographer, is Arrested by the National Guard
Artist: Danny Lyon
1964, gelatin silver print on paper, Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80, 2016/2.456
Danny Lyon was a photographer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s, and he captured many of the landmark events of the era while embedded with and working alongside protestors. A recurring theme of Lyon's photographs at the time is showcasing police violence against Black Americans.

Reflection Prompts:
  • Fifty years after Lyon took this photograph, what systems and structures of society allow racial justice problems to persist?
  • What can you do today, this week, this year to make an impact toward ending racial violence and inequality?
Danny Lyon, John Lewis in Nashville, 1963, gelatin silver print | paper, Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80
Student Exhibition: Faces of the Civil Rights Movement

For a final project in his "Modern Jewish Photography" course (HIST 379), U-M Student Tuhin Chakraborty curated images of Danny Lyon's work during the Civil Rights Movement era into an online exhibition. You can explore his work, and more of Lyon's photographs, on the UMMA Exchange.
Anti-Racism Resources

Protests, activism, and organizing work have been making the headlines across the country as people work to seek justice, make their voices heard, and effect structural change at the local, state, and federal levels.

If you want to add your voice and are unsure where to begin; if you're struggling with how to talk to your children about issues of racism and structural inequality; or you want to help amplify the work of others in this area, check out these lists of anti-racism resources. A curated list put together by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein; and a more extended list from Tasha K. Ryals.
United Way Equity Challenge

The United Way of Washtenaw County has developed a 21-Day Equity Challenge — a self-guided learning journey that examines the history and impacts of racism and how it shapes people's lived experience in Washtenaw County.

Explore their catalogue of daily prompts, challenge yourself to gain a deeper understanding of issues of inequality, and help move the conversation forward.
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