(2012-03-16) On March 14, 2012 the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) opened its celebrated "Speak Truth To Power" photography exhibition at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall) with a short event. The event, which brought together local education officials, members of the Maryland state government, and members of the Maryland Aviation Administration with human rights activists, featured remarks from former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, RFK Speak Truth To Power Director John Heffernan, and Paul Wiedefeld, Executive Director of BWI Marshall.
In his remarks, Heffernan took a quote from featured human rights defender and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel to describe the importance of raising awareness about human rights issues and why the "Speak Truth To Power" photo exhibit is so important:
"What harms the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander."
"Speak Truth To Power" is a collection of moving and powerful photographs by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Eddie Adams. The images document courage by featuring human rights defenders around the globe. The exhibition examines human rights by highlighting issues such as nuclear disarmament, children in war, environmental activism, and religious self-determination.
The RFK Center’s "Speak Truth To Power" exhibition has traveled to more than 20 cities around the world since its initial launch at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The exhibition at BWI Marshall was made possible with the support of Constellation Energy.