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Danella Bryant praying during a demonstration outside the traffic engineering building, Birmingham, May 5, 1963. Gary Haynes.Danella Bryant was a seventeen-year-old Parker High School senior active in the movement:
Linda Brown and her Sister Walking to School, Topeka, Kansas, March 1953.Carl Iwaski.On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled on Oliver Brown et al. v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas and ended legal public-school segregation in the United States. This case was named for the fourth-grader Linda Brown--seen here at age ten, with her sister Terry Lynn, age six. Under segregation laws they were not allowed to attend the nearby New Summer School but had to walk six blocks through the dangerous Rock Island Switchyard in order to catch a bus to all-black Monroe School.
Martin Luther King, Jr., giving the
Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, pursued by the mob outside Little Rock Central High School, September 4, 1957. Pete HarrisMelba Patillo Beals, another of the Little Rock Nine, has written:
Demonstrators Blasted Against a Doorway, Seventeenth Street, May 3, 1963.Charles Moore.On May 3 Moore broke off from another assignment when radio reports out of Birmingham alerted him to the intensity of the events there. His pictures of the dog and water-cannon attacks were taken as soon as he arrived in town. They were published in the May 17 issue of Life, in an eleven-page lead story that ran under Moores byline. While he was photographing, Moore was hit by a concrete block thrown from a roof, which damaged the tendons in his ankle. Limping painfully, he stayed on the job for several days, until he was arrested on May 7. After jumping bail the next day, he was forbidden to reenter Alabama, where he and his family resided, until the charges were eventually resolved.
The Civil Rights Movement
A Photographic History,
1954-1968


By Steven Kasher / Foreword by Myrlie Evers Williams

Size: 9 x 9", 256 pages
150 duotone illustrations
Published 1996
ISBN: 978-0-7892-0123-2
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This evocative book is the first to tell the story of the civil rights movement through the inspiring photographs that recorded, promoted, and protected it.

"The visual images in this collection capture the spirit of the movement in a way that words alone cannot; the photographs are stunning. This book is poignant, uplifting, and inspirational." -- Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.

With a striking selection of images and a lively, informative text, Steven Kasher captures the danger, drama, and bravery of the civil rights movement. After an introduction explaining the significance of photography to the movement, the text in this important book proceeds from the Montgomery bus boycott through the students, local, and national movements; the big marches; Freedom summer; Malcolm X; and the death of Martin Luther King.

Each chapter begins with a fast-paced narrative of a crucial event in the movement, complemented by a portfolio of the most effective and evocative photographs of the subject. Ranging from the well known to the rare, these images were shot by such photographers as Richard Avedon, Danny Lyon, Charles Moore, Gordon Parks, Dan Weiner, and more than fifty others. Many of the pictures are accompanied by thought-provoking remembrances and analysis by various photographers and participants.

Steven Kasher, who lives in Manhattan, is a photographer, writer, and curator. He organized the traveling exhibiton "Appeal to This Age: Photography of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968." Myrlie Evers-Williams is past chairwoman of the NAACP and widow of the civil rights activist Medgar Evers.

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