President-Elect Obama

I avoid writing about politics on my blog because my views don't tend to line up with most people in my life, and it is generally better to stay mum. I had huge criticisms of both candidates, and have enormous admiration for both McCain and Obama. So personally this was never a given. But going to the polls yesterday and seeing the excitement of my neighbors and the emotions of the crowd when Obama won was deeply moving.

This is huge.
























































































































[Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, W.E.B. Dubois, Thurgood Marshall, Elizabeth Eckard, Birmingham 1963, Martin Luther King Jr., Shirley Chisholm, Barack Obama with his Mother, w/ his Father, with his maternal Grandmother, Toot, and with his family.]

4 comments:

GiselleG said...

Jen- thanks for the images & thoughts on the election. I'm surprised by how emotional I do feel about this event. It's very moving. The images you show here bring it together. It's all pretty incredible. It was such a privilege to be part of this event, by casting our ballot.

Jen Bradford said...

Absolutely! The inauguration is going to be something else again. I keep saying "wow" every time I think of someone else who would have been so astounded had they lived to see this. I know it doesn't mean the end of the struggle for civil rights, but it's a big deal.

marcia Miner said...

I found this and thought it appropriate.

..if it wasn't for Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With," we'd have a very little footprint in contemporary 60's paintings of the Civil Rights struggle.

http://research.soe.purdue.edu/ackerman41/images/rockwell.jpg

In some Rockwellian works like this one there's an example of an illustrator whose work crossed over and now - at least that piece and all the works from his civil rights imagery - crosses into fine art.

Jen Bradford said...

I'll try to get your link to work. The title has always bothered me, but I do like the painting.

Rockwell, The Problem We All Live With 1964.