The pictures of conflict and struggle, and not words alone, were the driving force behind the Civil Rights movement (Kathleen Hall Jamieson, 1988). However, though these pictures provided the visual and rhetorical force for public to acknowledge the injustices of segregation (Gallagher & Zagacki, 2007) these pictures were not the source of the movement but rather its culmination. In dramatic and visual contrast to the violence inflicted on the Movement, the artwork created within the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project depicts a community centered on harmony and respect. This artwork, therefore, provides a glimpse into often neglected positive communication that motivated and sustained the Civil Rights Movement itself. This article examines the community art from Freedom Summer, it demonstrate therhetorical significance the art had within the Civil Rights Movement itself, and argues that this art has potential in creating constructive Civil Rights discussions today.
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Ward, Amy, "The Celebration in 1964 Freedom Summer Art: The Role of Visual Rhetoric in Uncovering the Lost Voice" (2010). The Larrie and Bobbi Weil Undergraduate Research Award. 2.