Social movements all through history have used art to enhance what they do, to inspire people, to give them a vision, to bring them together and make them feel that they are part of a vibrant movement. — Howard Zinn, Artists in a Time of War
Below find some recommended people’s history artists and photographers who offer resources to connect art and social justice in the classroom.
Americans Who Tell the Truth
Robert Shetterly’s portraits and narratives highlight people who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic justice.
|Clyde Kennard||Ai-jen Poo||Emma Tenayuca||Chief Joseph Hinmatoowyalahtqit|
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|Amanda Gorman||Lydia XZ Brown||Ismael Nazario||Isra Chaker|
Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence.
|Women. Unions. Rights. Power.||You’ve Been Killing Me Little by Little with Punishment||Work Connects Us All||The Worldwide Movement to End Racism|
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative
Justseeds is a network of artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance.
|By Blanco and Peter Cole||By Claude Moller||By Sam Kerson||By Shaun Slifer and Sara Beth Meister|
Ricardo Levins Morales
Ricardo Levins Morales produces original social justice and political art.
|Stop Global Warming||Trayvon Martin||Toussaint L’Ouverture||The Labor Movement|
Ilka Hartmann photographed some of the great social movements of the latter 20th century in the United States.
|United Farm Workers Woman With Flowers||Black Panthers at the National Headquarters||Defiant Young Alcatraz Occupiers|
Andrew Lichtenstein is a documentary photographer, journalist, and teacher who works on long term stories of social concern. One of his series features unmarked locations of historical significance.
|Ludlow Massacre Site
On April 20, 1914, striking miners were attacked by the Colorado National Guard, coal company guards, and private detectives.
|Mississippi River Boat Dock
From the 1820s until the 1860s, Natchez, Mississippi was once a major hub for the sale of people.
|Pequot Massacre Site
In May of 1637, Captain John Mason led a raid against the Pequot Indians in Mystic, Connecticut.
|San Francisco Bay Area Civil Rights in the 1960s||Farm Workers on Strike, 1959-1966||1967 Spring Mobilization Against the War in Vietnam|