Photo Essay-Freedom Sounds Festival

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On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall in DC. Many important figures from the African American community were there to speak, such as: Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, and President Barack Obama. However, I found the people of the public celebrating to be more intriguing. I tried to capture the emotion, awe, and happiness in the people at the festival from college students, to adults, to children. I began with the photo of the girl with her hands up because it set the tone of freedom and hope for the entire essay which it entitled, “Freedom Sounds Festival.” The photos that followed the first photo focus on the hands of the people in the crowd, from the girl using her hands to pray, to the girl peacefully playing the ukulele, to the man with the hands respectably behind his back. The next group of photos focuses on the faces of the people in the crowd from the little boy upside down, to the girl with the Washington Monument in the refection of her sunglasses, to the camera man trying to capture these beautiful moments in history, to the contemplative girl wearing the colorful head wrap. The Washington Monument holds significance because it honors the founder of this nation, George Washington, and the history that is being added to this nation,National Museum of African American History and Culture, sharing the National Mall with the monument. The last two pictures signify hope, in that they both are lifting children up in the crowd to see the events happening, especially with the American flags as the background of one picture. These children are seeing history happen, and are the future of this great nation.




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