A bestselling author and legendary photographer present an illuminating look at a pivotal moment in our nation's history: The March on Washington
Despite the heat and humidity, people came in droves from across the country and around the world, heading for the towering spire of the Washington Monument in our nation's capital. All of the marchers—black, white, Christian, and Jew—shared the same dream: freedom and equality for 19 million African Americans. Almost 300,000 strong, the marchers poured into Washington, D.C., to bear witness, to hear the immortal words of Martin Luther King, Jr., and to petition Congress to pass the President's Civil Rights bill.
Stanley Tretick, a seasoned photojournalist best known for his iconic images of President Kennedy and his family, was also in the crowd, drawing inspiration from the historic scenes unfolding before him. In this magnificent book, his stirring photographs of that day are published for the first time. Accompanied by an insightful essay and captions from bestselling author Kitty Kelley, as well as a moving foreword by Marian Wright Edelman, Let Freedom Ring commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and celebrates the crescendo of the Civil Rights movement in America.
This book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when nearly 300,000 people descended on the nation's capital on August 28, 1963, to demand comprehensive civil rights legislation. Celebrity biographer Kelley (Oprah: A Biography) narrates the event and provides captions for photojournalist Stanley Tretick's arresting black-and-white photos, collected here for the first time. Tretick's photographs are a veritable who's who of civil rights icons, including Martin Luther King Jr. Readers are given an intimate portrait of the weeks leading up to the march, as well as iconic images of the day. Tretick (1921 1999) was a master at capturing his subjects with depth and humanity. There's J.F.K. leaning out of the back of his convertible to talk with a young African-American girl and greeting African-American supporters; a beatific-looking Martin Luther King Jr.; and comedian Dick Gregory telling jokes in a smoky club. Some of the freshest shots are of the crowd itself: a young African-American woman overcome with heat is helped by a white boy in uniform; several Sunday-best young men and women and well-appointed marchers play tourist and snap photos amid American flags on the National Mall. The book is a welcome marker of a seminal moment in American history. Over 100 b&w photos.