Mississippi freedom marcher, Washington, DC by Roy DeCarava (1963)

The photograph entitled “Mississippi freedom marcher, Washington, DC” was taken by the artist Roy DeCarava in 1963. The image captures a close-up of a young African American woman’s face, with a focus on her expression. The black and white photograph highlights the intensity and somberness of her gaze. Her eyes are directed away from the camera, suggesting a contemplative or determined outlook. The lighting casts shadows across her features, adding depth to her expression. Partially visible in the background is a portion of a young man’s face; he is out of focus, which places the emphasis on the woman. The reflective mood and the stark contrast in the image underscore the historic context of the civil rights movement during which it was taken.

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