Anne Shams Art


Upper predella from Right to Left:  Zilphia Horton and accordion of the Highlander Folk School singing We Shall Overcome; man in white shirt organizing workers, another part of Highlander’s nonviolent activism training for labor rights; young students ready to board a bus in 1961 as Freedom Riders; We Shall Overcome button;

Civil Rights Tree of Souls

FBI Missing poster of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, CORE workers for the 1964 Freedom Summer campaign who were lynched and buried in Mississippi; NAACP organizers with voter registration table;  Black Panther Party button; August 9, 2014, Ferguson, Missouri demonstrator holding sign saying Hands Up Don’t Shoot, to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown; Fred Hampton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, on a poster with his famous quote, “You can kill the revolutionary but you can’t kill the revolution;” female members of the Ku Klux Klan; 1991 Rodney King, brutally beaten by three Los Angeles police officers whose acquittal ignited the L.A, riots;  July 2014, Staten Island, Eric Garner in the NYPD chokehold that was responsible for his death; iconic pose of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Newton; COINTELPRO is an acronym for the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program, which was used in the 1960s to monitor, manipulate and disrupt social and political movements in the United States.

Lower predella from Left to Right: Shackled new arrivals from Africa, waiting to be purchased; •Montgomery Bus Burning May 1961; Bloody Sunday at the Edmund Pettus Bridge:  Selma to Montgomery, March 7, 1965; March 21, 1965 Third March protected by U.S. Army and the National Guard, MLK is joined by the Jewish Rabbis Maurice Eisendrath holding the Torah Scroll, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, both of whom were long-time supporters of King and the civil rights movement; 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where, on the hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.