Page 50 displays a portion of a phone call in which Diane Nash confronts James Farmer in hopes of gaining his support to continue the Freedom Ride, despite the fact that it was met with immense violence in Alabama. Farmer points out that continuing the Freedom Ride “may be suicide” and that the riders “could be massacred.” While Nash acknowledges the risk of continuing the movement, she states that “We can’t let them stop us with violence… if we do the movement is dead.”
At the top of page 50, Nash demonstrates a stern look of determination as she stares out of her window. In the center of the page, the picture moves outward from Nash’s window. She appears as a silhouette and the viewer can no longer see her face. Although her identity is no longer apparent to the viewer, the newfound aspect of anonymity enhances the power of the graphic’s message. This accentuates the significant impact of seemingly mundane moments on the progression of the Civil Rights movement. Individually, such moments are hardly noticeable and altogether ordinary, yet collectively they are profound, possessing the power to alter the course of history. The individuals in the Civil Rights movement who refused to give up the fight had a substantial impact on the progression of African Americans societal standing. Even though their names may not be remembered today, their impact resonates loudly and eternally. The collective voice of these individuals who persevered and stood up against oppression is symbolized at the bottom of the page with the loudspeakers. The loudspeakers provide a transition from the scene with Diane Nash into the future with Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, foreshadowing the profound influence of people such as Nash on the progression of Civil Rights. Page 51 depicts the author, congressman John Lewis congratulating Obama on his election, illuminating the vast social progress that African Americans have achieved. However, Obama’s phrase, “I need your prayers,” expresses that there is still work to be done in the fight to eradicate racial inequality.
These pages stood out to me when reading through March: Book Two due to the fact that they exemplified the profound impact of each individual who contributed to the Civil Rights movement through civil obedience and combattal of oppression. The graphic did an excellent job conveying the importance of sacrificing for equality in order to espouse change and hope for future generations.