The first book to tell the story of the civil rights movement through the rousing and often wrenching photographs that recorded, promoted, and protected it. 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 student, 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 50 others. Many of the pictures are accompanied by thought-provoking remembrances and analysis by various photographers and participants.
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(231mm x 231mm x 21mm)
Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
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In an era saturated by media, our collective memory is formed by visual images. The historical images collected here by photographer and writer Kasher in THE CML RIGHTS MOVEMENT are necessary reminders, in a time of white backlash, of just how bitter and bloody and heroic tne the battle for civil rights was. From Gordon parks, Dan Weiner, and other photographic chroniclers of the era, we see the Little Rock Nine integrating Central High, surrounded by National Guardsmen; a policeman holding a protestor in a chokehold; buses running empty during the Montgomery bus boycott while blacks crowd the street corners waiting for rides. These aren't pretty pictures, but collectively, and with Kasher's text, they tell a central - perhaps the central - story of midcentury America. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Steven Kasher
Steven Kasher, who lives in Manhattan, is a photographer, writer, and curator. He organized the traveling exhibition "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.