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A Huguenot on St Bartholomew's Day, John Everett Millais

A Huguenot on St Bartholomew's Day

John Everett Millais, 1852
A Platform for Democratic Peace, Antonia Eiriz

A Platform for Democratic Peace

Antonia Eiriz, 1968
Abolitionist Button, Early Photography

Abolitionist Button

1850
Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, Pardons the Sentry, Horace Pippin

Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, Pardons the Sentry

Horace Pippin, 1942

It is right and necessary that all men should have work to do which shall he worth doing

Art and Socialism

William Morris, 1884
At the time of the Louisville Flood, Louisville, Kentucky, Margaret Bourke-White

At the time of the Louisville Flood, Louisville, Kentucky

Margaret Bourke-White, 1937
Atrocities in the Sakania Prison, Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu

Atrocities in the Sakania Prison

Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu, 1973-1974
Bonaparte Crossing the Grand Saint-Bernard Pass, Jacques-Louis David

Bonaparte Crossing the Grand Saint-Bernard Pass

Jacques-Louis David, 1802
Calaveras from the heap, José Guadalupe Posada

Calaveras from the heap

José Guadalupe Posada, 1910
Captivity and Resistance, Romare Bearden

Captivity and Resistance

Romare Bearden, 1976
Christmas Day in the London Bridge YMCA Canteen, Clare Atwood

Christmas Day in the London Bridge YMCA Canteen

Clare Atwood, 1920
Clay Nails - A Treaty of Fraternity, Mesopotamia

Clay Nails - A Treaty of Fraternity

2400 BCE
Condemnation without Trial, Chéri Samba

Condemnation without Trial

Chéri Samba, 1989-1990
Cone of Entemena, Mesopotamia

Cone of Entemena

2400 BCE

We ask of our rulers no special favors, no special privileges, no special legislation. We ask justice.

Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States

1876
Demonstration on October 17, 1905, Ilya Repin

Demonstration on October 17, 1905

Ilya Repin, 1907-1911
Destiny, Henry Tayali

Destiny

Henry Tayali, 1962-1966
Devonshire House 1918: VAD workers filing papers in the ballroom, Clare Atwood

Devonshire House 1918: VAD workers filing papers in the ballroom

Clare Atwood, 1919
Five Great American Negroes, Charles White

Five Great American Negroes

Charles White, 1939
Forever Free, Mary Edmonia Lewis

Forever Free

Mary Edmonia Lewis, 1867
General Moses (Harriet Tubman), Charles White

General Moses (Harriet Tubman)

Charles White, 1965
General Pétillon pelted with tomatoes, Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu

General Pétillon pelted with tomatoes

Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu, 1973-1974
Harriet, Elizabeth Catlett

Harriet

Elizabeth Catlett, 1975
Headlines, Charles White

Headlines

Charles White, 1944
In Memoriam Karl Liebknecht, Käthe Kollwitz

In Memoriam Karl Liebknecht

Käthe Kollwitz, 1920
In Sojourner Truth I fought for the rights of women as well as Negroes, Elizabeth Catlett

In Sojourner Truth I fought for the rights of women as well as Negroes

Elizabeth Catlett, 1947
Into Bondage, Aaron Douglas

Into Bondage

Aaron Douglas, 1936
Laocoön, William Blake

Laocoön

William Blake, 1825-1827
Liberty Leading the People, Eugène Delacroix

Liberty Leading the People

Eugène Delacroix, 1830
Lumumba Speaks in Kinshasa, Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu

Lumumba Speaks in Kinshasa

Tshibumba Kanda-Matulu, 1973-1974
Massacre of the Innocents, Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Massacre of the Innocents

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565-1567
Migration Series No.10: They were very poor, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.10: They were very poor

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.11: Food had doubled in price because of the war, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.11: Food had doubled in price because of the war

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.12: The railroad stations were at times so crowded with people leaving that special guards had to be called to keep order, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.12: The railroad stations were at times so crowded with people leaving that special guards had to be called to keep order

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.13: The crops were left to dry and rot. There was no one to tend them, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.13: The crops were left to dry and rot. There was no one to tend them

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.14: For African Americans there was no justice in the southern courts, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.14: For African Americans there was no justice in the southern courts

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.15: There were lynchings, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.15: There were lynchings

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.16: After a lynching the migration quickened, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.16: After a lynching the migration quickened

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.17:  Tenant farmers received harsh treatment at the hands of the planter, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.17: Tenant farmers received harsh treatment at the hands of the planter

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.18: The migration gained in momentum, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.18: The migration gained in momentum

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.19: There had always been discrimination, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.19: There had always been discrimination

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.1: During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.1: During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.20: In many of the communities the Black press was read with great interest. It encouraged the movement, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.20: In many of the communities the Black press was read with great interest. It encouraged the movement

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.21: Families arrived at the station very early. They did not wish to miss their trains north, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.21: Families arrived at the station very early. They did not wish to miss their trains north

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.22: Migrants left. They did not feel safe. It was not wise to be found on the streets late at night. They were arrested on the slightest provocation, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.22: Migrants left. They did not feel safe. It was not wise to be found on the streets late at night. They were arrested on the slightest provocation

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.23: The migration spread, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.23: The migration spread

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.24: Their children were forced to work in the fields. They could not go to school, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.24: Their children were forced to work in the fields. They could not go to school

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.25: They left their homes. Soon some communities were left almost empty, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.25: They left their homes. Soon some communities were left almost empty

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.26:  And people all over the South continued to discuss this great movement, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.26: And people all over the South continued to discuss this great movement

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
Migration Series No.27: Many men stayed behind until they could take their families north with them, Jacob Lawrence

Migration Series No.27: Many men stayed behind until they could take their families north with them

Jacob Lawrence, 1940-1941
More Themes in Art
Military, Politics

Military

Propaganda, Politics

Propaganda

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