Project Title
1960 Who?


Grant Amount


Sheila Pree Bright’s depiction of urban and suburban themes and commentary on beauty and patriotism in previous work, serves as the catalyst to a new series called 1960 Who?, which is inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. The project will be a collection of portraits about ordinary and grassroots people who placed their lives on the line during the Civil Rights Movement. They were the youth of the 1960s who were cooks, wives, husbands, laborers, and students who believed wholeheartedly in a cause for social justice. 1960 Who? will explore the youth culture role in the Civil Rights Movement showing how today this model of civil disobedience has become an agent for change for present day youth, who use their voices for social change around the world. Using the streets as the art gallery, the work will be exhibited during the timeframe of the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, and upon the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, DC.