Lt. Gov. Landrieu, Louisiana State Museum Present "Let Your Motto Be Resistance" -- 03/12/2008
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2008
LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU, LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM PRESENT LET YOUR MOTTO BE RESISTANCE
NEW ORLEANS - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu and the Louisiana State Museum will present the celebrated exhibition Let Your Motto Be Resistance, a collection of 100 photographs selected from the National Portrait Gallery that highlight African American resistance over more than 150 years of U.S. history.
The theme of the exhibition, Let Your Motto Be Resistance, was inspired by the words of Henry Highland Garnet, an abolitionist and clergyman. On August 16, 1843, Garnet spoke to a group of northern free blacks gathered to discuss the future prospects of black America. Frustrated at the lack of progress, he advocated action:
Strike for your lives and liberties....Let your motto be Resistance! Resistance! RESISTANCE!
The photographs illuminate the variety of ways that African Americans resisted and redefined an America that needed but rarely accepted its black citizens. Subjects in this show range from Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Edmonia Lewis, to W.E.B. Du Bois, Lorraine Hansberry and Wynton Marsalis.
The exhibition has been organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.