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LEE FRIEDLANDER: PRAYER PILGRIMAGE FOR FREEDOM, 1957. Eakins Press Foundation, New York, 2015. Distributed by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 84 pp. with 69 ills. 23 x 24 cm. ISBN 9780871300713 In English.
Publisher's description: On May 17, 1957, Lee Friedlander was given full access to photograph the participants of the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in Washington, D.C. This extraordinary event brought together many of the great thinkers and leaders of the civil rights movement and galvanized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s position as its preeminent leader. The 58 previously unpublished photographs reproduced as duotones in this important and beautifully produced commemorative record are among Friedlander's earliest work. With his full access to the presenters' stage, Friedlander was able to portray the famous individuals at the event -- Mahalia Jackson, A. Philip Randolph, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee among many others -- as well as the audience of some 25,000 men, women and children who gathered to give voice and energy to the ideas embattled by the movement. Timed with the three-year anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Prayer Pilgrimage placed pressure on the Eisenhower administration to uphold desegregation in the South and made voting rights a focal point of the struggle for equality.
Artist(s):Friedlander, Lee
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168563
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