Entry Title: "After SELMA"
Name: Joshua Rashaad McFadden , United States
Category and Expertise: Event, Student


Entry Description: The road from Selma to Montgomery, AL wasn't without opposition as Martin Luther King, Jr. led thousands from the African American community into new and deserved territory known as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Now, as seen in these photographs, streets mirror similar scenes as community members of all races mourn the wrongful deaths of black boys and young men, while still fighting for what they thought they had all along - civil rights. Their sentiments can be heard: “We have marched from Selma, but 50 years later, where are we now?” After SELMA will continue to be documented all over the USA.

Story: The road from Selma to Montgomery, AL wasn't without opposition as Martin Luther King, Jr. led thousands from the African American community into new and deserved territory known as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Now, as seen in these photographs, streets mirror similar scenes as community members of all races mourn the wrongful deaths of black boys and young men, while still fighting for what they thought they had all along - civil rights. Their sentiments can be heard: “We have marched from Selma, but 50 years later, where are we now?”

About the Artist:

Joshua Rashaad McFadden is in his final year as an MFA candidate in photography at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta, GA. His experiences growing up in Rochester, NY opened his eyes to become the advocate for social justice and social issues through his artistic work and community organizing. His BFA in Fine Arts Education and work as a public speaker and educator helped shape his photographic brand, which is hinged upon bringing awareness and solutions to social issues within the Black diaspora. Some of his most notable accomplishments include his work for The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., and the Mozambique Heritage winner for Best Photo for “Three Women of Creole Descent” shown in London, UK. These and other projects have earned him recognitions, such as special participation in The Magnum Foundation workshop at LOOK3’s Festival of the Photograph, and commissioned public art installation through Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, opening September 2015 in Atlanta, GA. He continues to work diligently as he prepares for subsequent public art engagements in the Metro Atlanta area.