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The Bob Fitch Photography Archive Movements for Change

Martin Luther King Jr., 1965-1966 112 items

In 1965, Bob Fitch became a photographer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), of which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was president. Traveling throughout Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, Bob documented day-to-day Civil Rights Movement events -- local community organizing, violence against African-American citizens, numerous demonstrations, voter registration and African-American political campaigns. His stories and images were shared with national African-American publishing outlets that could neither afford nor risk sending reporters to the south. “Those communities, workers and their families,” says Fitch, “are still my heroes.” Many of his best images document the courageous contribution made to the Civil Rights movement by the men, women, and children who organized the cause for freedom in their local communities. An image of Dr. King taken by Bob in 1966 served as the basis for the recently constructed Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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