1965, printed c. 1970
Gelatin silver print
Image: 22 x 32.7 cm (8 11/16 x 12 7/8 in.); Paper: 27.8 x 35.2 cm (10 15/16 x 13 7/8 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.34
Music was an essential element of the Civil Rights Movement protests in the 1960s.
Music was an important component of the Selma demonstrations according to Carl Benkert, “music in song expressing hope and sorrow, music to pacify or excite.” The Detroiter recorded his fellow protesters singing Freedom Songs. They adapted the words of these hymns and popular songs to fit their situations, substituting the names of the moment’s heroes and oppressors.
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