By Jay Hotrum
The design is centered on the project's theme “Political Science and the State of the Discipline” and features the left panel with quotes from prominent African American political scientists, over a backdrop of significant photos from the Civil Rights Movement to show how public perspectives have shaped political events in the past. The pictures highlight the movement as well as the results, featuring rallies by Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and eventually President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act into law in 1964. This is meant to symbolize how legislative change can be realized through a series of events, including public protest, that shape the scope of politics in the future as well.
The center panel focuses on a series of books written about perspectives on politics and political science, as well as different philosophies pertaining to these political perspectives. The backdrops symbolize the brick walls that certain issues face as boundaries before making their way through the legal process. The walls feature the many perspectives that are currently shaping public opinion, with the right panel showing why more research is needed in the field, and also displaying a scale representing the justice system that symbolizes how public voice is the creator of our public perception, and that only through participation in the political system can everyone’s voice make a difference.
• AALCI 2015