'Southern Rites' Highlights Modern Day Segregation
by Leilani McNeal, age 14, and Kadjata Bah, age 14
When one thinks of segregation, the first thing that probably pops into the mind is the turbulent times of the 1950s. Buses, schools, theaters, and other spaces labeled “WHITES” and “COLOREDS,” are a common image of separation. But imagine spending your whole life with someone different, only to have memories of innocent, wild adolescence through a mono-toned lens, separate from your friends and partners. One daring journalist spent years in a small southern town documenting the evolution of the lives of teens.
Gillian Laub, a UW-Madison graduate who pursued photography and later became an advocate for social justice, is well-known for her work in Mount Vernon, Georgia. After graduating in 2002, she ventured south to capture incredible and personal photographs of the atmosphere of the town, primarily the segregated proms of Mount Vernon. [Read More]