Friday, January 16

Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein

Marchers on the way to Montgomery as families watch from their porches
"This exhibit features the stunning and historic photographs of Stephen Somerstein, documenting the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights March in January 1965. Somerstein was a student in City College of New York’s night school and Picture Editor of his student newspaper when he traveled to Alabama to document the March. He joined the marchers and gained unfettered access to everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Rosa Parks, James Baldwin, and Bayard Rustin. 'I had five cameras slung around my neck,' he recalled. Over the five-day, 54-mile march, Somerstein took about four hundred photographs including poignant images of hopeful blacks lining the rural roads as they cheered on the marchers walking past their front porches and whites crowded on city sidewalks, some looking on silently-others jeering as the activists walked to the Alabama capital."
New-York Historical Society
NY Times: A Long March Into History
Guardian: Freedom Journey 1965: Selma to Montgomery March in pictures
AOL: Photo exhibit celebrates 50th anniversary of civil rights Selma to Montgomery March