Aug 9, 2021
Aug 9, 2021

Looking for Justice, Civil Rights Rally, Montgomery, Alabama

Looking for Justice, Civil Rights Rally, Montgomery, Alabama

1968

Gelatin silver print

Image: 19.3 x 21.9 cm (7 5/8 x 8 5/8 in.); Paper: 19.3 x 21.9 cm (7 5/8 x 8 5/8 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2021.135

Location

Did you know?

Chester Higgins Jr. took this image the year he began photographing, while still a student at the Tuskegee Institute.

Description

Higgins took up photography to document protests on campus and other activities in the Civil Rights Movement. The picture shows neither leaders nor dramatic moments in the movement; instead, Higgins focused on the audience listening to speeches at a civil rights rally. The expressions on the faces of the crowd vary: they range from hope to forbearance to cynicism, but always demonstrate determination.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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