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We Walk The Difficult Road

45 x 26 inches mixed charcoal on paper

“We Walk The Difficult Road” was inspired by the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights.  The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks -- and three separate events -- that represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement.

In “We Walk The Difficult Road,” Washington depicts a racially mixed group of activists, some carrying American flags, marching in support of voter rights in the rural south.  Ominous and sweeping clouds foreshadow and completely obscure armed National Guardsmen standing road-side. Indeed, for legions of brave activists participating in the Selma-to-Montgomery March, the road to freedom was difficult – but the ultimate success in changing the racially divisive social landscape of the South was monumental.


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