civil rights photographer


1960s Civil Rights Era, Bob Adelman

For those unfamiliar, Bob Adelman was the iconic photographer behind many of the thought-provoking, historical photographs of the Civil Rights Movement. 

A photographer and protest marcher, he spent a considerable amount of time fighting for justice and equal rights. His images capture groundbreaking moments, such as student sit-ins, Freedom Riders, the March on Washington and other significant events in Black history.

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In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order to desegregate the US military.

The same “arguments” used against that idea were later marshaled to attempt to keep women out of front line units, gay people out of the military, and so on.

Basically, social conservatives have never been right about anything ever, but that doesn’t slow them down any.

“I think every American has the right to wear this goofy-ass outfit.”

–Harry S. Truman

(Photo of Truman in uniform ca. 1918 via Wikipedia)

Malcolm X was born today in 1925. Gordon Parks captured this image of him addressing the crowd at a Harlem rally in 1963. The photograph is on view now in From the Collection: 1960–1969

[Gordon Parks. Malcolm X Gives Speech at Rally, Harlem, New York. 1963. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Gordon Parks Foundation]


Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 15, 1929. King was a Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and civil rights leader who practiced peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience to protest racial inequality.

In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year, he and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include opposition to poverty and the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam.”

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tenn., while planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., for the Poor People’s Campaign. Riots broke out in cities around the U.S. in response to King’s death. (AP)

See more photos on the life of MLK and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.


Malcom X and three of his six daughters, pictured here with Muhammad Ali, who was a father of nine. 

Ali, who died last Friday (June 3, 2016), wrote that one of his most regrettable mistakes was shunning Malcolm after Malcolm broke with the Nation of Islam. “Turning my back on Malcolm,” Ali wrote in his 2004 autobiography, ‘The Soul of a Butterfly,’ “was one of the mistakes that I regret most in my life. I wish I’d been able to tell Malcolm I was sorry, that he was right about so many things. But he was killed before I got the chance.” Malcolm was murdered in 1965. “Malcolm X was a great thinker and an even greater friend,” Ali wrote. “I might never have become a Muslim if it hadn’t been for Malcolm. If I could go back and do it all over again, I would never have turned my back on him.” 


NOTES: Thanks to TASHABILITIES here on tumblr, The Fatherhood Project learned that Betty Shabazz, Malcolm’s wife and the girls’ mother, was sitting next to her husband and daughters in this photo but for some reasson (sexism?) she is cropped out of nearly all versions and variations of it. However, The Fatherhood Project found a version with her in it and has added it to this post. 

The photographer of the photos is believed to be Civil Rights era photographer Robert L. Haggins, who was also Malcolm’s personal photographer from roughly 1959 to 1965. The date of this photo is unknown to TFP.