Carousel on the National Mall in Washington DC is an unlikely symbol of the civil rights movement. On August 28th, 1963, the same day Martin Luther King gave his “I have a Dream” speech, Baltimore’s Gwynn Oak Amusement Park ended its segregation policy after a decade of protest. Charles Langley and his 11-month old daughter Sharon were the first black Americans to ride this carousel, an event documented by reporters. In 1981, this ride was moved to the National Mall and has been open to everyone since then. Click on the image for a larger view.
The sign next to the man’s head reads, “We could really use a miracle.” The homeless population in Chicago is estimated to be 80,000. The homeless population in Tokyo, Japan is around 2,670. Click on the image for a larger view.
Dîner en Blank began in Paris in 1988 and is celebrated around the world. August 8th was the first time it was held in Chicago, with diners gathering in the public space in front of the Richard J. Daley Center. In the background, the 50ft steel sculpture known as Untitled by Picasso can be seen. Click on the image for a larger view.