This Is the Day: The March on Washington is a stirring photo-essay by photographer Leonard Freed documenting the March for Jobs and Freedom of August 28, 1963, the historic day on which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial. The book is published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the historic march that ultimately led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Never before published in book form, the fifty-seven photographs of the March in this volume were chosen from among the hundreds of images that freed made in the nation's capital that day - before, during, and after the march. These images not only present the viewer with stunning wide-angle views of hundreds of thousands of marchers overflowing the National Mall but also focus on small groups of people straining to see the speakers, and on individual faces, each one filled with hope and yearning, epitomized by the beautiful young woman who throws her entire being into singing a song of freedom. In addition are eighteen pictures from the twentieth-anniversary march of August 1983, conveying a sense of celebration coupled with peaceful protest.
Accompanying the photographs are a firsthand, personal account of the preparations leading up to the march by social activist and civil rights leader Julian Bond; an essay on the importance of the march and Dr. King's involvement by sociology professor and author Michael Eric Dyson; and an informative discussion of Freed's approach to the photographic project by scholar Paul M. Farber.
Format: Hardback, 110 pages
Dimensions: 23 x 24 x 1.6cm
Publisher: Getty Publications
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