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Press Photos of Dr. King and the Selma Marchers (SOLD)
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[MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.]. Photographs. Ten black and white press photographs, nine photos from Selma Alabama (six of which show Dr. King), one from Birmingham. All have captions on the front. 8 x 10 in.

Inventory #22497       SOLD — please inquire about other items

Historical Background

This series of photographs, taken between January and March, 1965, show Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Civil Rights leaders during the build-up and march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama between March 7 and March 25, 1865. The images are all dated, titled, and captioned. The 1/18/1965 shows Abernathy pointing to Kings temple “Where King Was Struck”; 2/15/1965 “King Leads March” of ministers; 3/9/1965 “King Leads Off March”; 3/15/1965 “King carries memorial wreath toward Dallas County Courthouse”; 3/15/1965 “King Delivers Eulogy” (for Rev. James Reeb, who died following an attack on the Selma streets); 3/21/1965 “Dr. King Takes a Breather”; 3/15/1965 “Marching Six Abreast”; 1/26/1965 “Arrested at Voter Registration Line”; 1/25/1965 “Negro Women Fights With Officers” showing Sheriff Jim Clark using his billy club; and the culmination of the march, an aerial image from 3/25/1965 “Crowd of 30,000 civil rights marchers fill the street in front of the Alabama state capitol.”

Much like Eugene “Bull” Connor’s decision to turn dogs and firehouses on Birmingham protesters in 1963, the violence directed at the Selma marchers was televised around the world.  As a result, the Selma march further shifted American public opinion in favor of Civil Rights, and two days later, President Lyndon Johnson presented a bill to Congress that would become the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Condition

Fine. Eight stamped on verso either UPI or AP; numbered “2478” in grease pencil on verso.