(clockwise) Gandhi spinning. Location unknown. Late 1920's. Ebensee concentration camp survivors c. 1940s. Rosa Parks (with Martin Luther King). 1955.
FACING OUR HUMANITY
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
In 1955 Rosa Parks (pictured with Dr. Martin Luther King) was an Alabama seamstress who refused to relinquish her bus seat to a white passenger. She was subsequently arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance. Most historians designate Ms. Parks' act of noncompliance as the beginning of the modern civil rights movement.
The Ebensee Concentration Camp was one of the most brutal and inhumane of all the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. During their imprisonment, prisoners primarily constructed extensive underground tunnels which the Nazi government used for the storage of armaments works. Over 20,000 prisoners died at Ebensee, largely due to disease, starvation, overwork, torture or execution. This picture shows survivors, photographed by the liberating forces at the conclusion of World War II.
Mahatma Gandhi was a great spiritual and political leader in India during the twentieth century. At the forefront of the Indian struggle for independence from Great Britain, he advocated resistance to tyranny through nonviolent noncompliance. His life and philosophy were an inspiration for civil rights movements around the world.