A lonely two-lane road splits the quiet countryside of Mississippi. A small huddle of white men shield themselves with a sign that reads “Members Only.” A black woman looks away from a funeral procession to challenge the camera with her stare.
These images were selected by Chude Allen, Bruce Hartford, and Ron Bridgeforth from the photographs on view in Danny Lyon: Message to the Future. Veterans of the civil rights movement, each of them, like Lyon, traveled south in the early sixties to join the fight for equal rights for all Americans. After their participation in “Bearing Witness,” a discussion held at the de Young about their roles in the movement, we asked each of them to choose a photograph and offer a personal perspective.