"I'm gonna keep on a-walkin', lord, keep on a-talkin', lord"
"Marchin' up to freedom's land"
We chose to highlight this scene because it was a result of the sit-ins at Greensboro. I believe John Lewis added this to the book because it shows how the blacks are willing to do anything to achieve equality in society and they will even do it if violence comes along with it. To show this scene we tried showing a woman shocked by the number of colored people approaching her trying to buy a ticket into a white movie theater. After an ample amount of colored people approached her whites were getting fed up and we tried to capture that moment of the whites threatening the blacks. This is an example of good trouble as the blacks were causing trouble for a good benefit in this case creating chaos at a movie theater to achieve equality.
WHAT IS THIS IS MADNESS!!
We decided to highlight this scene as this is one of the biggest acts of violence seen in the book. Before this event, no other acts of violence were as big as this event and as organized as this event was. John included this event to show the level that the anti-protesters were willing to go to, and as this event was significant in the Freedom Rides. In this scene, the Freedom Riders are traveling to Aniston, Alabama and along the way, they get firebombed by the KKK. We portrayed this event like this to show their anger and surprised but still managed to keep their composure. This scene does not portray good citizenship as bombing buses (violence in general) is not an act of a good citizen.
Malcolm, why did you come?
Whatever the black folks do, maybe I don't support it, but I'm going to be there, brother-- Cause that's where I belong.
The freedom riders were stopping by at Jackson Mississippi for a bus stop and some of the freedom riders including John Lewis went into a white restroom and were arrested as they were caught using the white restroom. At trial, they were given an offered bail of $200 or sixty days at Mississippi State Penitentiary (Parchman Farm) and they believed if they paid the bail they would be assisting the government so they chose to stay sixty days in jail. In jail, they sang songs representing their determination to gain their freedom and for that reason, we chose to highlight this scene. We believe that this scene highlights how dedicated these freedom riders are and they are willing to do anything, anywhere to get their freedom. This scene shows an excellent example of good trouble as these people are sacrificing, their comfort and sanitation to really get their message and protest through. I think John Lewis added this scene to show that the protest will go on anywhere and they will get their message through no matter what and the significance behind this scene is the dedication of the black people it represents. We simply chose to represent this scene, as two black males singing one of the songs mentioned in the book and an officer threatening to take their things away. We tried depicting that these prisoners don’t care and just want to get their message through.
"We March today for jobs and freedom, but we have nothing to be proud of. For hundreds and thousands of our brothers are NOT here."
This image depicts the Birmingham Campaign in April 1963, specifically the time when children joined the protest and were arrested by police. The police went on to use attack dogs and water hoses on the children. We have chosen to highlight this scene to show how cruel the police were and how even the children sacrificed themselves to support the cause. Lewis included this scene in his narrative to show the extent the police were willing to go to stop protests. The event was also a huge turning point in the movement and brought a lot of national attention to the movement. We represented the moment like this because it shows the aggressiveness of the police to little children. This scene portrays good citizenship as the children were peacefully protesting and sticking up for what they believed in
The context behind this scene was that Malcolm X was not invited to this march because he believed the solution for the blacks to get their rights was to use violence which no one supported. Even though this scene does not include John Lewis we found to find this scene very important as it shows that all blacks are apart of the movement even though they do not all see eye to eye. I think John Lewis added this scene to show that every single one of the blacks is connected. We recreated the scene when John Lewis saw Malcolm X in his hotel lobby and we recreated Malcolm X's exact words. This scene shows good citizenship because even though Malcolm X doesn't share the same beliefs he still attends the march not as a primary speaker to show his support
This event was the March on Washington. Here many members of the Civil Rights Movement gave speeches about the Civil Rights Movement including Martin Luther King Jr. The reason we chose this scene is that the March represents all the actions that people of color have done as a whole and it symbolizes how dedicated these people of color are to gaining their freedom and their rights. The reasoning for John Lewis adding this to his book is because this was a significant event in the Civil Rights Movement as this March lit the fire in people and this is even where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous I have a dream speech. We drew this scene trying to show a quote that really what the Freedom Riders have been fighting for and different people from different colors all coming together and listening to what John Lewis has to say. This scene does show good citizenship as these people are fighting for what they believe in and are sacrificing a lot with this march as many know the dangers that come with being a member of the Civil Rights movement.