Icons - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at reception post Los Angeles Freedom Rally
This is a new and growing selection of photography of iconic figures, as well as ordinary people going about their life in a different moment in time. Some of these photography are published for the very first time.
In this series, we present Harry Adams' photography of iconic Americans, some of them well known throughout the world, not as African Americans, but simply, Americans, who have brought their talents, fortitude, creativity to the world. Some of them are heroes of all time, who have dedicated their lives to advancing equal opportunities, making a fairer, more equitable, civil society. Their indelible influence changed the world.
About this photo:
On May 26, 1963, at what is well known as the “Los Angeles Freedom Rally”, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968) addressed nearly 40,000 people, one of the largest civil rights rallies in the country, at Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles, LA’s first baseball stadium to the Los Angeles Angels.
This photo was taken at an evening reception for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, attended and supported by many, regardless of race, who support the higher ideals of a more equitable society. In attendance amongst many others: Marlon Brando, Anthony Franciosa, Ralph Abernathy, Paul Newman, Polly Bergen, Joanne Woodward, and Sammy Davis Jr.
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Introduction to Harry Adams:
Harry Adams (b. 1918, Arkansas – d. 1988, Los Angeles ) was one of the best-known members of the Los Angeles African American community. Adams worked as a freelancer for the California Eagle and Los Angeles Sentinel for 35 years. He trained at the California School of Photography and Graphic Design and although he took these photographs as part of his journalistic assignments, his artistic ability to capture the essence of a particular moment in time earned him the moniker “One Shot Harry”. His collection is particularly rich in its images of the prominent African Americans who defined his era, but also of ordinary life, documenting social life, schools, civil rights organizations, protests, and cultural events.
“His work is not only a contribution to journalism, but also part of our history.” LA Times.
Harry Adams' work has been licensed and / or used in documentaries, various exhibitions in America.