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A lone man stops a column of tanks near Tiananmen Square, 1989 Beijing, China

Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to present "People Get Ready", a major exhibition of 55 dramatic photographs from significant human rights struggles in history. The exhibition opens with a public reception Friday, July 6, 5 - 7 PM, and continues through September 23.

The belief that everyone, by virtue of her or his humanity, is entitled to certain human rights is fairly new. Its roots, however, lie in earlier traditions and documents of many cultures; however, it took the catalyst of World War II to propel human rights onto the global stage and into the global conscience.

Yet, every day we still see images of people struggling for their freedom; their right to live without fear, their right to speak and their right to worship the god of their choice. In the past several months, we have watched as citizens in Egypt, Libya, and Syria took to the streets to air their politics and struggle for freedom; and here in the United States, the Occupy Wall Street movement championed the cause of economic and social rights. The struggle around the world is unrelenting. Dedicated photojournalists have been, and continue to be, there to bring the voices and the images of the people as they rise to fight for basic human rights. (According to the Committee To Protect Journalists, 19 journalists have been killed in 2012 and 179 are currently in jail world-wide.)

Photographers in this exhibition illustrate the power of photography to inform, persuade, enlighten and enrich the viewer's life. Many of the photographs featured in this exhibition not only moved the public at the time of their publication, and continue to have an impact today, but set social and political changes in motion, transforming the way we live and think.

Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989

The Struggle Begins, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989

Anti-Government Protest, Seoul, Korea 1994

Refugee Camp

American Nazi Party Demonstration, District of Columbia Stadium, Washington, DC, October 1, 1961

Sam Mali at gravesites, South Africa, 1982

Freedom Riders Julia Aaron & David Dennis sitting on board interstate bus as they and 25 others are escorted by 2 National Guardsmen holding bayonets, on way from Montgomery, AL to Jackson, MS, May, 1961 - Photo by Paul Schutzer

Martin Luther King Marching for Voting Rights with John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy, Selma, 1965

Freedom Rider Jerome Smith, Mississippi, 1965

Brown Sisters Walk to School, Topeka, Kansas, 1953. Photograph by Carl Iwasaki

Federal troops escorting African American students to school during integration, September, 1957

The Little Rock Nine enter classroom to register after escort from Army's 101st Airborne Division, September 24, 1957

Segregationists, St. Augustine, Florida, 1964

Sheriff Rainey, outside the church, on the day of James Chaney's funeral, Mississippi, August 7, 1964

Robert Shelton, Imperial Wizard, of the United Klans of America, Alabama, 1964

Birmingham Protests, May 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr. Arrested on a Loitering Charge, Montgomery, September 3, 1958

Rosa Parks, Selma March, 1965

Mother Teresa, India,1978

Gandhi walking with close advisors and family members, India, 1946

The Kennedy campaign travels through the Watts section of Los Angeles on the last day before the primary, 1968

A Pioneer Organizer Of The Office Workers' Union, Wall Street and Broad Street, NYC, 1936

Cesar Chavez, California, 1974

Demonstrators in a Works Progress Administration (WPA) Strike, 1937 (Time Inc.)

Actors Danny Kaye, June Havoc and Humphrey Bogart, with wife, actress Lauren Bacall sitting beside him, listening intently a hearing regarding communists in the film industry, 1947

Photographing protestors at Anti-Nixon rally, Washington, DC, 1968

Kent Courtney, National Chair of the Conservative Society of America, 1964

Buchenwald Prisoners, 1945 (Time Inc.)

Simon Wiesenthal revisiting Mauthausen Concentration Camp

Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Geneva, September, 1933

Barney, of Barney's Beanery, West Hollywood, CA, 1964

Washington Square Park, New York, 1964

Gay Liberation, Hollywood, 1971

Mildred and Richard Loving, King and Queen County, Virginia in April 1965

Equal Rights March, Washington, DC, 1993

Women's Rights March, New York, 1994

Pro-Choice Rally, Washington, DC, 1089

Women in Parade Down 5th Avenue on the 50th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment, New York, 1970 -Photograph by John Olsen

Women's Liberation, New York, August, 1970

Women's Liberation March, New York, 1970

Women's Liberation March, Gloria Steinham, New York, 1970

Women's Liberation March, Bella Abzug, New York, 1970

Aung San Suu Kyi, Cambodia, 2003

Afghan Woman with Diploma, Kabul, Afghanistan 1998

Under Taliban: Widow's Bakery, Afghanistan, 1998

Cairo, Egypt - February 4, 2011

Cairo, Egypt - February 8, 2011

Cairo, Egypt - February 1, 2011

Untitled, Libya, 2011

An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is arrested on Broadway and Wall Street on November 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Demonstration, New York, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Demonstration, New York 2011

Occupy Protest, New York, 2011

NATO Protest, Chicago, 2012

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