Bending Toward Justice

“The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice,” words spoken by Theodore Parker, the abolitionist minister in 1853. Martin Luther King Jr. modified the quote during the Civil Rights Movement when he proclaimed, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” (The Gospel Messenger 1958) The quote in either form can be interpreted to mean that a passive wait for justice will be rewarded. It can also imply that justice is conferred by those of superior moral, political, or social status on those less fortunate. The Bending Toward Justice digital exhibit project builds on a different interpretation. The exhibits planned and presented in this digital space explore daily life in Florida’s Black communities and document the ways in which African Americans “bent” the arc toward justice through their everyday lives and under extraordinary conditions.