We are born into bodies that are fluid and free...Rhythm, breath, music and movement become tools of seeing and then freeing the habits that hold us back. When we move our bodies then our hearts begin to open, when the body and the heart taste freedom the mind won't be far behind. ~Gabrielle Roth
Born on April 4, 1928, Maya Angelou’s legacy and voice hold a powerful place in the ongoing fight for equality and justice. Her writings laid bare her country’s injustices at the height of the civil rights movement, and shone a light on the experience of being a black woman in America. In 2010, President Obama awarded Angelou our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her extraordinary contributions.
Charlton Heston (1923-2008) is associated with BEN-HUR, PLANET OF THE APES, opposition to the Vietnam War when he was younger, and with Ronald Reagan and the National Rifle Association when he was older.The latter overshadowed his active participation in the civil rights movement during the 1960s. In August 1963, for example, Heston took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama has an interesting series of photos simply titled, “Nude.” Each image shows an abstract flesh-colored shape that’s created by a nude subject dancing in front of the camera. Although the photographs look like long-exposure shots, they’re actually composite images created by combining ten thousand individual photographs of each dancer. The result is a look in which each model’s body is (mostly) lost within the blur of its movement.