by Jade Young.
A few weeks ago I was going through old family photos. And always delighted when I run across a couple of gems, like these two of Carl Imiola. When I look at them, I think the two photos represent what I would call the Before & After.
1st photo – captures Carl’s innocence, wide eyed, a freshly scrubbed look of a young college graduate before he heads out into the big wide world: his life changing experiences with the harsh realities of the Vietnam War, his deep engagement and politicalization through doing voter registration in the deep South, and confronting first hand the violence and ugliness of systemic racism.
Carl with sister Jade Young. Photo courtesy of Jade Young.
Years later, 2nd photo — now, an Imiola with long hair and beard This is a very different human being….older, more life experience showing through, perhaps a bit weather beaten; but deepened by being in the trenches. It’s a great image that speaks volumes about who he had become as a person with a deep commitment to his life work – his calling to speak up against racial injustices – and his stand for human rights, regardless of race, color, creed, nationality, or cultural identity. I recall Martin Luther King: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Photo courtesy of Jade Young.
A hui ho, Carl Imiola. See you again.
Your loving sister,
Carl Imiola Young at Civil Rights Movement veterans. Photo courtesy of Kathy Dahl.