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This Light of Ours
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This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement is a paradigm-shifting publication that presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work of nine activist photographers-men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement from within the movement. Unlike images produced by photojournalists, who covered breaking news events, these photographers lived within the movement-primarily within the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) framework-and documented its activities by focusing on the student activists and local people who together made it happen.

The core of the book is a selection of 150 black-and-white photographs, representing the work of photographers Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama. Images are grouped around four movement themes and convey SNCC's organizing strategies, resolve in the face of violence, impact on local and national politics, and influence on the nation's consciousness. The photographs and texts of This Light of Ours remind us that the movement was a battleground, that the battle was successfully fought by thousands of "ordinary" Americans among whom were the nation's courageous youth, and that the movement's moral vision and impact continue to shape our lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Frontispiece
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. 13-18
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  1. Photographing Civil Rights
  2. pp. 19-25
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  1. The Photographs
  2. pp. 26-27
  1. Part One: Black Life
  2. pp. 28-59
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  1. Part Two: Organizing for Freedom
  2. pp. 60-126
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  1. Part Three: State and Local Terror
  2. pp. 127-161
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  1. Part Four: Meredith March against Fear and Black Power
  2. pp. 162-190
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  1. Reflection: How I First Saw King and Found the Movement
  2. pp. 191-203
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  1. The Photographers: Interviews and Biographies
  2. p. 205
  1. Tamio Wakayama
  2. pp. 206-211
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  1. Herbert Randall
  2. pp. 212-216
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  1. Maria Varela
  2. pp. 217-222
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  1. George Ballis
  2. pp. 223-227
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  1. Bob Fitch
  2. pp. 228-232
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  1. Matt Herron
  2. pp. 233-238
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  1. Bob Fletcher
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. David Prince
  2. pp. 241-242
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  1. Bob Adelman
  2. pp. 243-244
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  1. Recommended Reading
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-251
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