Guidebook to the Voting Rights Movement related faces in the cloud
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Welcome to a guidebook to the soon-to-be-iconic faces in the clouds in this iconic 1965 photograph, one of the most honored and beautiful images from the 1960's American Civil Rights Movement.
Taken by Look magazine photographer James Karales, the moving photograph shows the marchers marching for voting rights along the Alabama highway from Selma to Montgomery. It also shows the faces, in the clouds, of James Bevel, Dr. Martin Luther King, John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, maybe/maybe not Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Lyndon Johnson, and...the Goddess of Liberty, who have all been discovered looking down upon the marchers.
When Karales took this photo the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement had all but won the right to vote. President Lyndon B. Johnson, after seeing the marchers on their first attempt to march get beaten like dogs, stomped on like centipedes, scratched up by cats, and clubbed silly like the Chicago Seven (they don't call it "Bloody Sunday" for nothing), called for and addressed a joint session of the American Congress. He ordered the Congress to give these citizens the right to vote, and to do it Right Now! No dilly dallying, scallywagging, or getting up on their high horses. LBJ, by the way, (how many kids did you kill today), showed up late to this cloud party. Now see if you can be the first to find women's voting rights leaders Alice Paul, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Emmeline Pankhurst. Maybe some of them are in the foliage. (EDIT: One of them has come in, the smart money is on Alice Paul).
Those who'd recovered from "Bloody Sunday" marched again two weeks later, and limped or walked ten miles a day from Selma towards Montgomery, Alabama's state capitol. It was a pre-internet and pre-Superbowl phenomena, an affirmation of a sincere intent to see voting rights assured for all adult Americans. It was also a celebration of Lyndon Johnson joining the movement. But most of all it was a way for the people to blow off some steam caused by the murder of a young man shot down by the Alabama State Troopers during a demonstration, and to get a good workout - U.S. President John Kennedy (who, of course, appears in the cloud - why wouldn't he?) had heavily promoted 50-mile hikes, almost the exact distance as this march. The final march went off without a hitch. Without a Hitchcock actually. Alfred hadn't planned to attend, and why he didn't is still a mystery.
Cloud-sighting instructions: Some people will see the faces quickly, or at least one or two of them. Once you find one you'll at least gain a level of trust that we're not punking you (which we might be). Or you may be able to perfectly make out none of the faces with just a brief inspection. Then spend some time with the picture. Even if it's as hard as those books which you stare at for hours at a time to get a 3-D image to jump out at you, or those "I Spy" books which make you find odds and ends in a photo of a haunted house made out of miniature toys, dust bunnies, and other clutter, please spend at least as much time with this as you've done with those. These cloud images are identifiable once you spot them. Then when you get good at it, and see them all, and then spend some quality time with the photo, whenever you look at it from then on you'll see a panorama of the marchers walking for freedom and, looking down upon them, from left to right, Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, James Bevel, maybe Abraham Lincoln, the Goddess of Liberty, and Martin Luther King. And Pan. Did we mention Pan?
edit Photoshopped? Hey, we had to ask.
This picture was taken in 1965, long before photoshop was available. Since nobody has mentioned the faces until now, and this website is by nature totally loony, we are either being truthful, are delightfully putting you on, or are involved hip deep in a sinister plot hatched by Look magazine in 1965. Did Look use advanced alien reverse-engineering highly-improper photo technology to place the faces of mostly living people into the photo - then instruct everyone never to mention them, lay low, go out of business in the early 1970s, and then let a few people find them 48 years after the picture was published (well, in the case of Bevel's face, 43 years later)? No? So the only logical explanations are that this article is either being truthful and having a ball at the same time, or lying like a dog covered with the proverbial fleas of despair. But naw, truth be told, it's been Look magazine all along. They hatched this plot. Can you see the faces Look photoshopped in? If not, spend about an hour looking. If you still don't find them, come back tomorrow. Pack a lunch.
The voting rights related faces in the cloud:
edit James Bevel
James Bevel, the Father of Voting Rights in the 1960s, the Director of Direct Action of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), was the man responsible for bringing SCLC to Selma, for leading that movement, and for initiating and directing SCLC's March from Selma to Montgomery.
Bevel can be lost and/or found in the photos above. He's circled in red in the first one, courtesy of Above Top Secret member alienjuggalo - a name which will live forever just because it's cool. Bevel's eyes are closed, he has a full beard, and he may be either bald or wearing a skullcap - just like he wore during his movements to honor the Jewish prophets and to cover his baldness. Bevel was way too young to lose his hair, but has now joined the hair club for men in a cloud.
edit Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King called for full voting rights in his 1957 "Give Us The Ballot" speech at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom rally in Washington, D. C. In late 1964 he agreed to bring the entire Southern Christian Leadership Conference to Selma to work in James Bevel's and Diane Nash's ongoing Alabama Project for voting rights. He is extremely obvious here, and is seen peeking out from behind the white clouds near the top right hand corner of the photo. He's kind of hesitant to come in all the way, but he can't help himself, he has to have a look.
The "King" image can be seen in the three dark openings in the white cloud in the picture above, again courtesy of alienjuggalo (may his name be praised as no other except a few). Look at the space in-between the top of the "Share" tab and the "e" in Share. Then move along that space to your left until you reach the middle of the first black area you come to. There you can see the black guy's left eye, and hopefully make out the entire image as it looks down along the line of marchers. His left eye has an iris and eyelashes, for tribble's sake. The tiny white vertical cloud hanging down in this black space is MLK's nose, with his detailed eyes to either side. He is seen from slightly to the side and straight up and down relative to the viewer (or by Dr. King's relatives).
If you still can't see this image, imagine that the cloud is a white wall. A wall which has holes in it. And a black guy is standing behind it, looking out through the holes. His eyes, nose and mouth are in the second opening from the top. Some of the upper right of his forehead and hairline can be seen in the hole in the white wall nearest the top. The image's chin and part of his mouth are in the third opening from the top. The black guy - arguably Dr. King, and looks a lot like him - and everyone else mentioned on this page are looking down along the line of marchers. Of course they are.
JFK is right in the middle of the cloud, and is giving a thumbs-up salute. Ask not, John, what this cloudbank can do for you...
edit John Kennedy
John Kennedy, the U.S. president during an earlier phase of the Civil Rights Movement - including James Bevel's Birmingham Children's Crusade which led directly to the March on Washington and the 1964 Civil Rights Act - is very large and stretches out across the entire middle of the cloud bank. JFK's face looks a little to his right as he scans the line of marchers at the front of the photo. He may be better seen on the smaller picture, and then can be found on the larger photo. You can either find his eyes first, which seem, like his cheekbones, to be obviously belonging to JFK at the exclusion of all other famous individuals.
One way to spot JFK: the white marcher who looks like he has the flag coming out of his shirt, the one zombie-walking behind and reaching for the little black girl in front of him, if you extend the line of the flagpole upwards (you may have to zoom in to do it, as the angle of the flagpole is straight up whereas on a smaller pic it looks like it's going off to the side - that's not the flagpole but another line) it would bisect Kennedy's face right up the middle, as bisecting tends to do. Then the black portion running along the top of the photograph is his hair, and you can see the sideburns going down his face on his left side. His eyes are on either side of that extended bisecting line. His hair runs along the entire middle at the top of the photo, and is cropped just a little above his hairline, as if the top of his head is, ah, gulp, /straightens tie unconsciously, missing?! Once you get one of those features you may be able to see the rest of his face. Then look to his left, at the same size scale - he's holding up his left hand in a thumbs up salute! Lord have mercy.
edit Robert Kennedy
Robert Kennedy, who as U.S. Attorney General worked for voting rights and was active in the cause when he left office, was found in the cloud by Baddogma at ATS (see external link below). RFK is at the far left of the big picture, his nose is the triangle patch just above the first three strutting marchers. The perspective of the nose is from above and to his front and left, not straight on, and his hair is....well, find the nose and you may see his head looking off the page at the marchers up ahead. Baddogma compares this images texture to a Monet painting, and you can see the top of his Kennedyish-hair if you're of a mind too. RFK, like his older bro, has his left hand lifted in a thumbs up salute. Kind of expected that by this point.
edit Either Abe Lincoln, Hellboy, or old man Bevel
Abraham Lincoln, yes, we thought Ole Abe was in here. Some people say he looks like Hellboy, but that may just be the light. Lincoln began advocating for voting rights for African Americans just before he died from rapid-onset metal overdose - the two things seem related by the way - and he's on James Bevel's left, but a bit larger.
edit Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass (Freedom Freddy D. to his peeps), who worked his tail off for African-American and women's voting rights in the 19th century, may be to Bevel's right, looking in the same direction as the rest of the crew. His cone of white hair rises above his face, although the forehead is way too elongated from one point of view (the one where you can make out his customary large head of hair). Possibly the least recognizable of the bunch, except for most of them, but you can still make out Douglass - or is it Mark Twain? - or whoever it is, with a little help from your friends.
edit Who What Now?
Then there's a blonde woman. She's in the bottom white clouds at the right of the photo, and she's looking to our right down and along the line of marchers. She's young, tinier than the rest, and you can see her from the waist up. She kind of looks like a cute fairy (wouldn'tchaknowit) or...well...in her right hand she's carrying a long staff with a flaming tip, kind of like, ah, ok, say it...many portrayals of the Goddess of Liberty (you gotta be kidding me!). And she's wearing a perfect ten or eleven sectioned tiara (stop, just stop it).
edit The Goddess of Liberty
The Goddess of Liberty, honored throughout history by those who've either been oppressed or have a Goddess fetish, usually is pictured as having some kind of tiara and carrying either a flaming staff or a sword. In the case of this march the sword wasn't needed - LBJ made sure of that. So it looks like she went with her flaming staff.
edit Flaming staff
Can you see it in the blue tinted pic, the wisp of white cloud floating above the other white clouds, with a dark line extending downwards from it? No? Well, on the other picture look at the vertical light section of cloud that's in-between the eyes of old Bevel or maybe-Lincoln. The white cloud right between the guy's eyes. Imagine that's a flame, which is attached to a black staff that's pretty much just a black line going down from the flame to her right hand. In the black and white picture above it goes straight up and down - and she is standing straight up and down herself (on the large picture, at the top of the article, she's angled down a little looking at the marchers, as she is on the blue and white picture).
edit The head of the Goddess of Liberty surrounded by toast
If you don't see her in the blue and white pic you can find her by the toast outline in the other picture above (Of course. It had to be toast.). Look where the toast is coming down from it's top bulge, right where it indents after that bulge. It comes to it's innermost point just above her tiny left eye. Her left eye can be seen nestling up against the black outline under that indention. A tiny eye, a dainty eye, just as her nose (complete with nostrils) and mouth (haven't zoomed in to look for teeth yet) are small but quite visible.
The next little bulge in the toast outline starts down from there, where it blocks a little of the left side of her face, then runs along the rest of the left side of her face, down her cheek, and ends up right under her chin and down her neck a little. Compare those areas with her picture in blue and white.
edit The hair of Goddess and the eye of newt (Well, no, no eye of newt).
Her long full hair runs right along the black area of the cloud (along the blue in the other pic), and is totally in the white section. It goes down to her shoulders, which are part of her fluffy fairy-like dress. Her hair goes up and all around the top, all in the white section directly bordering the black or blue color. If you can see her, look right along the top of her hairline, including the middle of her hair where two little white points point up, and...
edit ...is that a tiara? Yep. A tiara with five or ten or eleven distinct sections
The tiara runs right across the top of her head, exactly where you'd expect it to be, and has clear segments. Then it has an additional center portion which itself has five or six sections or points. Her image still looks good and holds together at 300 and 400 percent. By the way, Baddogma points out that she's wearing a necklace, which hangs around her long neck. Or maybe it's just the frill of her V-neck dress. Never can tell with Goddesses.
And just in case you remember what was said earlier but tried to block out of your mind, there's also a guy looking down at the marchers who looks a lot like Pan. Kind of a Frank Zappa-looking Pan, with his customary large Dr. Spock goat ears (you didn't know that about Spock?). He can be found just to the right of JFK and to the upper left of RFK. Where he usually sat.
edit The Observer1 photo observation
ATS's Observer1 sent this illustration in and found at least two three more new faces, one of whom may not be Alice Paul but is close enough for a measurement.
At "A" he didn't know who he was seeing, but that's part of James Bevel's face or the long-odds mean nothing.
At "B", Observer1 sees his Dr. King, looking straight down on the marchers. It fits the "arguably" category quite well once you spot it, as does the other Dr. King image peeking out from near the upper right hand corner.
At "C", he sees a woman. Might this be the long awaited voting rights movement icon Alice Paul? Could be should be. Paul ran the 1910's Women's Voting Rights Movement in the United States, innovating great swatches of the science of nonviolence and initiating and leading major parades and significant silent protests while doing the day-to-day grunt work of her movements. Paul perfected and influenced the art of nonviolence as much as Mohandas Gandhi did (Goddess of Liberty, turn your little-light-of-mine cloud-flame on and bless their names).
For Alice Paul to miss this cloud bank would be a shame, so arguing on her behalf that she's the woman that Observer1 found isn't a hard task. And besides, the editors of Look magazine gave uncyclopedia a large bonus in 1971 to bring out Alice Paul late in the game.
At "D" Mr. 1 finds his Frederick Douglass candidate. As good as the other, who has too-high of a forehead for uncyclopedia's comfort and looks a little like Mark Twain, who would show up on a satire site (he actually shoved the Civil Rights Movement a bit of the way down the road with his Mississippi River books and a few speeches). It also falls within range for James Orange, and if you don't know who James Orange is, apples come into play. And just who or what is that standing behind this image?
Ever see a large-eared and big nosed caricature of Lyndon Johnson?
edit Lyndon Johnson
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson demanded that Congress write and pass the 1965 Voting Rights Act after he saw the marchers knocked senseless upside the head off their rockers when they tried marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on "Bloody Sunday". He became quite familiar with bloody Sundays during the Vietnam war.
Here's LBJ not in caricature, also found late in the game, his head slanted downwards at the same angle as RFK's and glancing down at the marchers (surprised?). He can be found on the full photo on RFK's left (no, not your left, RFK's left).
LBJ, well, it's not the best formed image, as a tiny bit of his face below the nose is missing. But bloggers can't be choosers, and rest assured, if we at uncy were directing those tiny atmospheric bits of water vapor and condensation formed around microscopic particles violently swirling in a maelstrom of wind circulating in a combination of hot and cold air at the exact moment Karales' camera shutter clicked, we would have certainly ordered up a little more detail in this one.
edit Questions and answers
The Guidebook has time for one question. Yes, you over there, with the bandana and Obama button.
CNN's Anderson Cooper here. There seems to be a glaring omission. Why isn't Susan B. Anthony, the iconic American suffrage leader, in this cloud? She's on a postage stamp - here, I have one in my pocket - so I would think the least she could do is show up here.
Your wish is the cloud's command.