The Atlantic’s article 50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1968 showcases the struggles of people from 1968 through a series of images. These images help us understand the emotions of people and impact on society through one event in particular–the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
As explained in the article, in this image, firemen are trying to snuff out a flame encasing a furniture store. The building was ignited after the news of Dr. King’s assassination broke. As SimonetteN stated, this photo causes strong emotions to awake. I agree with that statement. I believe that this photo expresses deep mourning for a remarkable man. The ability to “evoke” emotions only occurs when an image effectively communicates the situation. This image does just that; it expresses how the loss of Dr. King upset people to such a degree that their mourning could only be shown through rioting.
Similarly to the image above, this shows the aftermath of riots occurring the night before–the night of Dr. Kings assassination. To me, it also speaks about the impact that someone can have on society. To have so many people protest one’s death because they believe in his cause is remarkable; Dr. King united people that otherwise would have probably not. Even today, many of the social changes that are still being fought for were brought about by Dr. King.
In retrospect, I believe that even though his death was tragic, it allowed for more people to unite to continue to fight for what Dr. King believed in.