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Powerful Days:
The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore
Photography by Charles Moore, Text by Michael S. Durham
Introduction by Andrew Young
University of Alabama Press, 2002
Trade paper, $29.95
208 Pages, 188 duotone photographs
ISBN: 0-8173-1152-1
 
 
 

While the name "Charles Moore" may not be immediately recognizable to some readers, his most famous photographs chronicle the battle for Civil Rights in the United States.

Organized chronologically, Moore's photographs recorded the pivotal moments of the spread the movement throughout the Deep South. As a photographer for the Montgomery Advertiser, Moore covered the city from 1958 - 1960. His "beat" introduced him to Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and the Montgomery Bus Boycotts. His photographs told their stories to the world earning the Alabama born Moore the opportunity to work for LIFE magazine where he covered the incidents in Oxford, Mississippi, the Freedom March, the 1963 Birmingham demonstrations, voter registration in Mississippi, the Klan in South Carolina, and the Selma March. 

The photographs include the famous -- Dick Gregory, Galway Kinnell, Joan Baez, Mary Travers, Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Pernell Roberts, and James Baldwin -- as well as the Southern blacks who were organizing for their rights as Americans. 

First published in hardcover in 1991, the University of Alabama Press has reprinted the book in a quality paperback. As the twenty-fifth and thirtieth anniversaries of many of these events are upon us, Powerful Days is a wrenching reminder of American history guaranteed to cause conversation. 

Charles Moore has been a photojournalist for nearly fifty years. In 1989 he received the first Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism in recognition in recognition of his coverage of the civil rights struggle. 

Michael S. Durham, Life reporter and editor from 1961 - 1972, is also the former editor of Americana magazine. He is the author of two volumes of The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America

Andrew Young worked as a top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960s, served two terms in Congress, and was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. He was mayor of Atlanta from 1981 - 1989.

 

Pam Kingsbury
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