“History is an image-making process, what we sometimes see in the world we come to believe about the world.” - Dr. Dwayne Williams
The year 2020 has already proven to be one of the most dramatic and transformational moments in recent world history. We have all experienced a global health pandemic caused by the Corona Virus. We have witnessed an intense debate about structural racism and policing that inspired social protests in every corner of the world. We have seen millions of people lose their jobs and businesses. We have watched as wildfires and hurricanes have devastated communities in California, Washington, Oregon Louisiana, Texas, and Australia. Teachers and students have all been forced to adjust to learning remotely in our homes. All of the events are taking shape as you go through your school year!
The activity is to create a photographic essay/visual time capsule based on the themes of ‘citizenship’ ‘government’ and the ‘global pandemic’ in 2020. Create a photographic artifact of what you have seen, felt, and experienced since our collective world was turned upside down in March of 2020. How have the events unfolding in the world made you think or rethink about government and your role as a citizen? In 10, 25, 50, or 100 years what story do you want to help people tell about the year 2020?
Include a total of 5 photos, one each of the following photos:
- One self-portrait that captures or highlights how you wanted the world to see you as a citizen in 2020.
- One photo that best symbolizes how you and your family have experienced the COVID-19 pandemic.
- One photo of a person, place, or thing that best captures your current thinking about social justice and the police in 2020.
- One photo that best captures your current thinking about the U.S. government in 2020.
- One photo that best captures your hopes and fears about citizenship, government, and the global pandemic in the future beyond 2020.
Include a short caption along with each artifact in your photo-essay/visual time capsule explaining the image.
While performing this activity reflect on the question:
WHAT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A CITIZEN TO DOCUMENT AND SHARE THE HISTORY I HAVE EXPERIENCED IN 2020?
Share your Visual Time Capsules with us on our Instagram @DukeEllingtonDC
This activity is shared with us by 12th Grade DESA Social Studies teacher, Dr. Dwayne Williams.