Non-Violence Training

In 1960, photographer Eve Arnold traveled to Petersburg, Virginia to cover the Petersburg Improvement Association, a part of the non-violent protest movement happening in the South.  She photographed young black activists being trained how not to react to harassment by enemies of the cause.   The PIA trained how to passively resist aggressors blowing smoke in protestors faces, taught the illiterate how to write, and educated young people on non-violent gestures to bring change.

A protest walk through a segregated whites-only beach.