In Pictures: Black Triangle

A throwback on the heroes and some of the most important moments of the civil rights era, and against segregation and racism against the black community. Althouht this fight is ususally associated with America, in which racism perpetuated after the abolition of slavery, similar problems were present in England and South Africa as early as a few decades ago.

Photograph: Ernest Withers/c/o Atlas Gallery

A huge crown of black men, each and everyone of them holding a sign that say « I AM A MAN ». Taken in 1968 in Memphis, in the state of Tennessee, the persons are on strike and protesting against social inequalities in work, pay, and opportunities. When two of their coworkers died on the job their families received a meager 500$ for funeral expenses, causing the anger of the black citizens of Memphis.

Photograph: Vron Ware/c/o Atlas Gallery

Central London, June 3rd 1979, many people of different origins and colour of skin are demonstrating, barely a month after Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister. Several signs and placards are being held by the demonstrators, « NO to passport raids » says one of them; two women, one with black skin and the other with white skin, are holding are « Black People Against State Brutality » placard, showing the solidarity of the people against social issues that impact everyone as many associations are gathered together: the Black People’s Committee Against State Brutality, the Indian Workers Association, the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent, and Awaz, the first feminist Asian women’s collective in the United Kingdom.

Photograph: Ian Berry/Magnum Photos/c/o Atlas Gallery

1994, A scene of oppression and repression is displayed in this picture: a white soldier in uniform on the foreground, most certainly armed, behind him is a young black man holding himself to what appears to be a street sign, and between the two of them is barbed wire. The young man points toward a « use the ballot » poster: a very strong message in the city of Johannesbug in South Africa as thousands black persons went to the ballot peacefully, extending the time needed for the elections from one to three days. The following day, Nelson Mandela became the president of South Africa.

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