WHAT DO YOU THINK?
The commentary to this poster points to the transcendental nature of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s famous march in Selma for civil rights. Heschel discovered profound religious meaning in acts of social justice and in the civil rights movement.
What does Heschel mean that marching for civil rights in Selma with Martin Luther King, Jr. felt as if his “legs were praying”? How can a march be compared to prayer?
How can the act of promoting social justice become a religious experience for someone? Can you think of other situations in which mundane experiences are infused with, and sanctified by, spiritual meaning?
Have you personally had a transcendent moment in which you felt the day-to-day transformed into a spiritual experience?
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Each image calls out to us to examine it, to note our thoughts and feelings, and relate these impressions to the quotation. Often clues in the artwork suggest meaning and invite interpretation.
Graphic designer Paula Scher’s image draws us back to the civil rights movement of the 1960s during which Americans rallied to end discrimination and grant equal rights to persons of color.
How does the image present the quotation? Was this how you interpreted the quotation without the image?
Civil rights marches often drew thousands of participants. Why do you think the artist chose to depict just one marcher?
Why might the artist have chosen to depict only the lower, bottom half of the figure, and not the face?
Does this image convey the notion of praying, mentioned in the quotation? How so?
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