Activists Honor 10th Anniv. Of The Passing Of Dr. Ernest Withers

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Sunday, Oct. 15 is the 10th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Ernest Withers.

Withers is best known for capturing more than 60 years of African-American history in the segregated south.

Iconic images include the Montgomery bus boycott, Emmett Till and the sanitation worker’s strike.

On Sunday activists from around the mid-south came together to honor withers and his priceless body of work.

“Pictures as he said tell the story, and I think that they are very important in providing a window, and an opportunity for us to take a look at what’s happening. The life how we live, how we struggle, how we play, how we work and how we have emotional times you know. We’ve experienced all of that in our history, says Deborah Watts with the Emmet Till Legacy Foundation.

Withers’ coverage of the Emmett Till murder trial brought national attention to the racial violence taking place during the 1950s in Mississippi.

It’s estimated that he took between 1 and 5 million pictures during his career.

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