Book featuring work of civil rights photographer Ernest Withers discussed by his daughter, historians, and actor Courtney B. Vance

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A new book celebrating the work of civil rights photographer Ernest Withers brought a crowd to Crosstown Concourse Tuesday night.

The book,”Revolution in Black and White,” features never-before-seen photos that Withers took during the civil rights era, along with first-hand accounts of people who lived in the segregated South. 

Authors and historians Richard Cahan and Michael Williams sat down for a panel discussion along with actor Courtney B. Vance and Rosiland Withers, the daughter of the late photographer.

“His work, as we say all the time, is massive. It’s 1.8 million images and that’s a feat, but to be able to share the first glimpse of what is to come, it just feels wonderful,” said Rosiland Withers.

Courtney B. Vance added, “This collection needs to be seen by the world, and the only way that’s going to happen is if we all work together and help Ms. Ros with her vision, so that’s why I’m here.” 

Local 24 News anchor Katina Rankin was the moderator for the discussion.

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