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Voter Registration Demonstration outside the Dallas County Courthouse, Students with Quimtella Harrell, center, age 10, Selma, Alabama, March 5, 1965
“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself.”
~ Martin Luther King
"The child marchers and protesters were some of the most inspiring participants of the Civil Rights movement to me. The authorities arrested thousands of people who were demonstrating for voting rights primarily in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. The jails were overflowing. They used a sports stadium in Selma to detain people. I realized the kids had formed a certain resolve. They’d seen their parents forced to live a certain way, and they weren’t going to do that. When I saw that, I knew change was imminent. These young students, considering the threat of violence they faced, acted very heroically. One young lady in particular stands out in my mind to this day — Quintella Harrel, a demonstrator for voter registration who was only ten. Her face had that resolve, and to me, she personified inevitable change."
~ Dan Budnick
(1933 - 2020)
Le Manege De Mr. Barre, 1955
“I hate ugliness, it makes me physically ill. But melancholy and compassion, these may be minor values but they’re the ones that move me most of all.”
Fondamente Nuove, Venice, 1959
“The sun, which was already a little low created sharp silhouettes against the back light. I switched out the 28mm for the exact opposite, the 135 mm which would best form the image that I was hoping for and which I could already see in my head. Just as I hoped a little girl stepped on to the bridge. A single click”
~ Willy Ronis(1910-2009)
Florence Sous La Neige, Paris, 1959
"The wandering photographer sees the same show that everyone else sees. He, however, stops to watch it."
~ Edouard Boubat
(1923 - 1999)
Coretta Scott King & Family, 1968
“On April 4, 1968 amidst rising racial tension, Martin Luther King Jr, was shot while the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis,Tennessee. America was shocked, stunned and again pitched into the nightmare of violent death and public agony, not five years after President John F Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. I was nearby and flew to Memphis and then on to Atlanta to cover the funeral. Arriving in advance of the plane that was carrying the body of the slain civil rights leader, I moved out of the photographers’ allotted area on the tarmac for a moment and caught one frame of his widow, Coretta Scott King and their children as they prepared to step down from the plane. Crowds lined up outside the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to quietly view the casket and pay tribute to the slain leader.”
~ Harry Benson
“Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation”
~ Coretta Scott King
(1927 - 2006)