Birmingham 1963: How a Photograph Rallied Civil Rights Support (Captured History)
In May 1963 news photographer Charles Moore was on hand to document the Children's Crusade, a civil rights protest. But the photographs he took that day did more than document an event; they helped change history. His photograph of a trio of African-American teenagers being slammed against a building by a blast of water from a fire hose was especially powerful. The image of this brutal treatment turned Americans into witnesses at a time when hate and prejudice were on trial. It helped rally the civil rights movement and energized the public, making civil rights a national problem needing a national solution. And it paved the way for Congress to finally pass laws to give citizens equal rights regardless of the color of their skin.
Iconic photos are so familiar to us that we can easily forget the images were taken of real human beings. This series tells the stories of the people in these famous photos; the life of the photographers before and after their fame; and the lasting effects the photos had on our culture. Most of the photographers say they were in the right place at the right time. Some photos inspired novels; Dorothea Lange's image of a migrant worker mother and her two (of 10) children moved John Steinbeck to write The Grapes of Wrath. The photographers were on assignments from a magazine, the government or news organizations, for the most part. Sometimes the subjects and photographers were one in the same such as the Apollo astronauts. The text in this series is as fascinating as the images. While most of the photos are black and white, they are large and crisp, showing lots of detail. Child labor, segregation, poverty, war, and death are not themes for young children. But, this is part of our American history that you may not see in a history text. I found them just fascinating! ~Sara 9" x 10" 64pp, sc. ~ Sara