"The past is never dead. It's not even past." Thus observed the brilliant writer William Faulkner of Oxford, Mississippi. This troubling truth, so evident in the rising racial rhetoric of today, is my motivation to document this story. I am not photographing places so much as commemorating the people who struggled. This is why I am passionate about these spaces: because they are sanctified by the courage of others. My purpose is to elevate awareness and open hearts, to spark an honest conversation about racism today.

Please take action. Speak up, model tolerance and compassion, and support the cause of equality. There are many worthy groups that would benefit from your generosity. Here are links to a few:

Equal Justice Initiative

American Civil Liberties Union

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Women's Law Center

Southern Poverty Law Center