More “Essential Human Freedoms” (Photos by by Russell Lee, James Van Der Zee, and Weegee)


Russell Lee, In front of the moving-picture theater, Chicago, April 1941 (121.2003)


Russell Lee, Candy stand run by a Negro on the South Side, Chicago, April 1941 (3.2003)


Russell Lee, Bartender and owner of a tavern on the South Side, Chicago, April 1941 (114.2003)

Bronzeville supported two kinds of taverns. One kind was a modest establishment attractive to quiet couples or groups lingering over after-work beers. The other appealed to the “sporting class,” a louder, flashier crowd. (114.2003)


James Van Der Zee, The Metronome Club Banquet at the Independent Political and Social Ass., New York, 1941 (871.2000)


Weegee, Cafeteria on East Broadway, New York, September 12, 1941 (wn.3820)

“Orthodox Jews heard the President in East Side spots, like this restaurant at East Broadway and Jefferson Street. Their reaction, like that of other Americans was quiet understanding, no excitement.” PM, September 12, 1941, p. 10

The continuing importance, relevance, and timelessness of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union Address to the 77th Congress can be seen in the “For Freedoms” project. For Freedoms was “founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman.” ICP is presenting the exhibition: For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here?, from February 8, 2019 through April 28, 2019. “The exhibition also serves as an active space in which members of For Freedoms, nonprofits, and the public are invited to discuss the importance of civic engagement and develop educational programming based on the project.”

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