We are featuring some of our favorite people’s history artists as a resource to connect art and social justice in the classroom.
As Howard Zinn noted in a 2004 interview, “Artists play a special role in social change. I first noticed this when I was a teenager and becoming politically aware for the first time…. 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.”
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 Hinmton Yalektit|
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|
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|
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|
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.
Ricardo Levins Morales
Ricardo Levins Morales produces original social justice and political art.
|Stop Global Warming||Trayvon Martin||Toussaint L’Overture||The Labor Movement|
|San Francisco Bay Area Civil Rights in the 1960s||Farm Workers on Strike, 1959-1966||1967 Spring Mobilization against the War in Vietnam|