THose among UsTHE HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPIONS OF NORTH DAKOTA
A contemporary history PROJECT
Through portrait photographs, essays written by the participants and an episodic television series capturing discussions about the motivation behind and the importance of their work, this project creates a historical record of the important work currently taking place in North Dakota.
portraits and essays
Human Rights in north dakota
Using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the framework, “Those Among Us” explores the protections enshrined by the UDHR, and the meaning of those protections and their manifestations inside North Dakota.
Portraits for “Those Among Us” are being captured by renowned North Dakota based wet-plate photographer, Shane Balkowistch.
The project strives to create a historical record of the important work currently taking place in North Dakota in a compelling and visually creative way. As such, the original glass wet-plate images and essays will be collected and offered to the State Historical Society for preservation in their archives. 200 years from now, students and researchers of human rights in North Dakota will have the opportunity to see today’s champions, and read first hand the experiences of contemporary activist.
By Virtue of Being Human
Pastor Sue Koesterman reflects on Human Rights and the virtue of being human in this clip from “Those Among Us”.
North Dakota State Representative
Laetitia mizero hellerud
Social Justice Activist, Author
Ruth Anna buffalo
Human Rights Advocate
African Soul, American Heart