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Topic: Americans during segregation in the Jim Crow south
Posted By: zsazsa
Subject: Americans during segregation in the Jim Crow south
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 8:44am
I have changed topic as it was repost 

A country divided: Stunning photographs capture the lives of ordinary Americans during segregation in the Jim Crow south

  • Photographs taken by artist Gordon Parks for Life Magazine in 1956
  • The images were part of a photo essay illustrating the lives of a Southern family living under the Jim Crow laws
  • Controversial state and local laws meant public facilities in former Confederate states were segregated
  • Pictures of the Thornton family have been reprinted for a new book celebrating the collected works of the artist



Peering through a wire fence, this group of African American children stare out longingly at a fun fair just out of reach in one of a series of stunning photographs depicting the racial divides which split the United States of America.

The image, entitled 'Outside Looking In' was captured by photographer Gordon Parks and was taken as part of a photo essay illustrating the lives of a Southern family living under the tyranny of Jim Crow segregation.

Parks' pictures, which first appeared in Life Magazine in 1956 under the title 'The Restraints: Open and Hidden', have been reprinted for a book featuring the collective works of the artist, who did in 2006.

Outsiders: This vivid photograph entitled Outside Looking In was taken at the height of segregation in the United States of America

Outsiders: This vivid photograph entitled 'Outside Looking In' was taken at the height of segregation in the United States of America

Caring: An African American maid grips hold of her young charge in a waiting area as a smartly-dressed white woman looks on

Caring: An African American maid grips hold of her young charge in a waiting area as a smartly-dressed white woman looks on

The vivid colour images focused on the extended family of Mr and Mrs Albert Thornton who lived in Mobile, Alambama during segregation in the Southern states.

In another photograph, taken inside an airline terminal in Atlanta, Georgia, an African American maid can be seen clutching onto a young baby, as a white woman watches on - a single seat with a teddy bear on it dividing them.

Many white families hired black maids to care for their children, clean their homes, and cook their food.

 

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    Controversial rules, dubbed the Jim Crow laws meant that all public facilities in the Southern states of the former Confederacy had to be segregated.

    The laws, which were enacted between 1876 and 1965 were intended to give African Americans a "separate but equal" status, although in practice lead to conditions that were inferior to those enjoyed by white people.

    Armed: Willie Causey Junior holds a gun during a period of violence in Shady Grove, Alabama

    Armed: Willie Causey Junior holds a gun during a period of violence in Shady Grove, Alabama

    Public schools, public places and public transportation were all segregated and there were separate restaurants, bathrooms and drinking fountains for whites and blacks. The US Military was also subject to segregation.

    Gordon Parks was himself born into poverty and segregation in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912,.

    Initially working as an itinerant labourer he also worked as a brothel pianist and a railcar porter, among other jobs before buying a camera at a pawnshop, training himself to take pictures and becoming a photographer.

    He worked for Life Magazine between 1948 and 1972 and later found success as a film director, author and composer. 

    He was the first African American director to helm a major motion picture and popularised the Blaxploitation genre through his 1971 film Shaft.

    Parks also wrote numerous memoires, novels and books of poetry before he died in 2006.

    The retrospective book of his photographs 'Collective Works by Gordon Parks', is published by Steidl.

    Split community: African Americans were often forced to use different water fountains to white people, as shown in this image taken in Mobile, Alabama

    Split community: African Americans were often forced to use different water fountains to white people, as shown in this image taken in Mobile, Alabama

    Separated: This image shows a neon sign, also in Mobile, Alabama, marking a separate entrance for African Americans encouraged by the Jim Crow laws

    Separated: This image shows a neon sign, also in Mobile, Alabama, marking a separate entrance for African Americans encouraged by the Jim Crow laws






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Posted By: Guidette
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 8:49am
Yep Repost


Posted By: smartgirl88
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 9:40am
Anymore pics?

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"Toking on that Spliff called Life"


Posted By: zsazsa
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 9:46am
Hi Smartgirl. Unfortunately no. Fascinating pictures though. Even more so that it wasn't that long ago. Hope others will add pictures in the thread. 


Posted By: oh_so_moody
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 9:55am
That last pic was my screensaver a few months back




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She hurt feelings, she break hearts
She stay quiet, she play smart
She take pride, in going out
Getting hollered at, and saying nah....


Posted By: Sinnamon_Mami
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 10:22am
The women back then.. I love the hair and clothes.. Sad that Jim Crow still exists, it's just a lot more hidden

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Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 10:31am
*tries not to hate white people*

*fails miserably*


Posted By: smartgirl88
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 10:32am
Yes zsazsa I love looking at pictures from this period...irs somewhat ahocking that ir wasnt to long ago...I also love looking at their clothes.

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"Toking on that Spliff called Life"


Posted By: Guidette
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 10:34am
Did the title change??


Posted By: Lite Brite
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 10:39am
The first pic hurt my heart. I'd like to buy some of these prints


Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 10:59am
More pics of his work



THE MAN

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-9.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 9.

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-3.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 3.

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-7.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 7.

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-8.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 8.

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-11.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 11.

HIS PHOTOGRAPHY: CELEBRITIES

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-75.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 75.

Marilyn Monroe, c. 1959

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-61.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 61.

Ingrid Bergman at Stromboli, 1949

http://ourblackstars.com/120-of-the-greatest-muhammad-ali-pictures-of-all-time/" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 70.

Muhammed Ali, 1970

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-71.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 71.

Muhammed Ali, Miami, Florida, 1966

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-72.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 72.

Muhammed Ali, Hyde Park, London, 1970

CIVIL RIGHTS

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-12.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 12.

Colored Entrance, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-13.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 13.

Ethel Sharrieff, Chicago, Illinois 1963

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-14.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 14.

Malcolm X addressing Black Muslim Rally, Chicago, Illinois, 1963

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-15.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 15.

Malcolm X holding up Black Muslim Newspaper, Harlem, New York 1963

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-16.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 16.

Malcolm X on a plane, 1963

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-17.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 17.

Muslim protest, Harlem, NY, 1963

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-67.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 67.

Eldridge Cleaver and Wife, Kathleen with Portrait of Huey Newton, Algiers, 1970

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-18.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 18.

Seven Black Panthers in jail, San Fransisco, CA, 1970

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-19.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 19.

Stokely Carmichael, Los Angeles, CA, 1966

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-20.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 20.

Stokely Carmichael at SNCC office, Atlanta, GA, 1967

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-21.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 21.

Stokely Carmichael Speaks, Los Angeles, CA 1967

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-22.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 22.

Stokely Carmichael walking on Road, Lowndes County, Alabama, 1967

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-66.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 66.

American Gothic, Washington, DC, 1942

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-68.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 68.

Woman in her Bedroom, Washington, DC, 1942


POVERTY

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-23.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 23.

Be r Woman and Child, Estoril, 1951

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-24.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 24.

Flavio da Silva, Rio de Janeiro, 1961

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-25.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 25.

Kenneth Fontenelle Doing Homework, Harlem, NY 1968

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-26.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 26.

Mother and Child, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1954

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-27.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 27.

Mother Watches Over Sick Child, Yellowknife, Canada, 1945


http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-28.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 28.

Red Jackson, Harlem ,New York, 1948

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-76.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 76.

Abandoned House in Augusta, Maine, 1944

CRIME

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-29.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 29.

Frustrated, Chicago, Illinois, 1957

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-74.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 74.

Crime Suspect with Gun, Chicago, 1957

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-73.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 73.

Raiding Detectives, Chicago, 1957

FASHION

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-31.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 31.

Hermes Style Dress by Herbert Sondheim, New York, New York, 1951

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-32.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 32.

Monte-sano Fur Fashion, New York, New York, 1948

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-34.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 34.

Dior Big Flap Pockets, Paris, 1949

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-35.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 35.

Fath Show Stoppers, Paris

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-36.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 36.

Marquis de Levis-Mirepoix in Desses dress, Paris, 1949

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-37.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 37.

Maxime de la Falais, Paris, France, 1949

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-38.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 38.

Paris Fashion, Bettina, Paris, 1951

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-39.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 39.

Patrician Comtesse Alain de la Falaise in Schiaparelli, Paris 1949

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-40.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 40.

Sylvie Hirsch in Dior Skirt, 1949

WORKERS

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-41.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 41.

Charlie Mah-gow, Town’s First Restaurant Owner, Yellowknife, Canada 1945

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-62.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 62.

Roundhouse Worker, Winnipeg Canada, 1945

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-42.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 42.

Grease Plant Worker, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1944

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-43.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 43.

Kettle Tenders, Pittsburgh, PA 1944

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-44.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 44.

Policeman No.19687, New York City, New York, 1943

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-45.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 45.

Stevedore at the Fulton Fish Market, New York, NY, 1944

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-46.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 46.

Workman in the Powerhouse, Pittsburgh, PA, 1944

CHILDREN

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-64.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 64.

Mother and Children, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-65.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 65.

Outside Looking in, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-69.png" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 69.

Children with Doll, 1942

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-47.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 47.

Black Muslim School Children, Chicago, IL, 1963

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-48.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 48.

Boys, Estoril, 1951

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-49.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 49.

Dr. Kenneth B. Clark conducting the Doll Test, Harlem, New York, 1947

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-50.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 50.

Flavio Feeding Zacarias, Rio De Janeiro, 1961

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-51.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 51.

Ghetto Boy, Chicago, Illinois, 1953

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-52.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 52.

Girl with Baby, Estoril, 1951

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-53.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 53.

Mother and Child, Blind River, Ontario, 1955

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-54.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 54.

Portuguese Boys, Estoril, Portugal, Estoril, 1949

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-55.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 55.

Richard Fontenelle, Harlem, New York, 1967

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-56.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 56.

Shephard Boy with Sheep, Estoril, Portugal, Estoril, 1950

http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Gordon-Parks-Photo-57.jpg" rel="nofollow">Gordon Parks picture 57.

Untitled, Harlem, New York, 1948

  http://ourblackstars.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Gordon-Parks-Photo-60.jpg" rel="nofollow -




Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 11:02am
You can tell by the way he photographed white women that he was really into them

He had an extraordinary gift. I've never seen so many powerful images taken by the same photographer


Posted By: pattigurlatl
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 4:26pm
His work is incredibly riveting. I'm surprised by how moved I am by these photos.

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Harriet Tubman - I freed a thousands slaves. I would have freed more had they known they were slaves.

Michael Harriot - She wouldn't have freed any if she was worried about her hair.


Posted By: Naturalchick30
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 4:43pm
Beautiful photos

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Posted By: zsazsa
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 4:46pm
Originally posted by Lite Brite Lite Brite wrote:

The first pic hurt my heart. I'd like to buy some of these prints

It really hurts the soul. I stared at it for the longest trying to imagine how an innocent child can process such hate. It is so painful. 


Posted By: zsazsa
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 4:50pm
Thank you so much for posting the photographer, Alis. 

I am so glad I am black. I am so proud of my people. Their strength of character is out of this world. The souls of black folks is truly amazing. I am honored to belong to such a great race.  


Posted By: Sleek
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 5:07pm
I love Gordon Parks work...He dated Gloria Vanderbilt on and off for a very long time I have the doll test in my avi collection pic and another pic, the Schomburg center had some of his pictures on display last year to celebrate his 100th birthday.

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Posted By: Sleek
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 5:16pm

oops sorry



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Posted By: Sleek
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 5:17pm

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Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 5:51pm
love Gordon Parks

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PEACE


Posted By: zsazsa
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 7:18pm
I am including vintage pics of our people in here. 




Posted By: zsazsa
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 7:19pm




Posted By: zsazsa
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 7:21pm


Posted By: zsazsa
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 7:21pm


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Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 7:36pm










Posted By: Chantal34
Date Posted: Feb 02 2013 at 10:26pm
Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

*tries not to hate white people*

*fails miserably*


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Posted By: Lilaca
Date Posted: Feb 03 2013 at 12:47am
so well dressed back then





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Posted By: niecy
Date Posted: Feb 03 2013 at 12:50am
I wouldn't mind at all dressing the way people did back in the day. Quite a bit more classy compared to how people dress now.



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