This is a rough outline of components my final analysis will contain.
Working Title: Activism Through BOLD Names
Thesis Statement: The importance of activism cannot go unnoticed as I would assert that through activism awareness, change, and acceptance are intertwined within a society and that it is activism that has pushed America forward as a whole; the power of one can become the power of many.
Introduction: Through the NAMES Project, the life and legacies of David Feinberg and Dr. Rob Eichberg were able to come to life. From a minimal panel, the legacy of David Feinberg was brought to life through his books. Through Feinberg’s novels, protest methods, and raw narratives, he is able to illustrate the harsh reality of AIDS victims. David Feinberg sheds light on the importance of activism. In addition, the legacy of Rob Eichberg is one that hits close to home. Dr. Eichberg helped establish a day of emergence, also known as National Coming Out Day. The life of David Feinberg was one devoted to raising awareness of AIDS while the life of Dr. Eichberg was used to promote the idea that being gay is nothing to be ashamed of but rather something to be embraced. While conventional methods of activism were part of Feinberg’s and Eichberg’s platform, both used methods that would involve unconventional methods of activism in order to change the narrative surrounding AIDS and the gay community.
Both of my panels have an insane amount of topics that I could delve into, but I am trying to focus on activism and how it changes the narrative and resulted in the attitudes we see today. I am going to break down two parts of both panels.
- His publications and how they can be seen as activism (activism through literature)
- Past attitudes towards AIDS
3. National Coming Out Day (activism and its role in the LGBT community)
4. Attitude shifts in gay rights during the late 20th century until now (why this matters, how big an impact this has had)
I want my conclusion to focus on the panel and why the NAMES project is important in the first place.
There is much to be learned from each block in the NAMES gallery. Each quilt does not represent just a victim but tells the stories of authors, teachers, activists, and the stories of many more in their most bold form. The life of Feinberg and Dr. Eichberg were dedicated to changing the status quo with the intent of making sure that the world would be a brighter place for those who feel isolated or afraid.