MIAMI — Bob Adelman documented the civil rights movement across the Deep South after volunteering his services as a photographer to civil rights organizations in the 1960s.
The work put him on the front lines of the civil rights movement, frequently in the company of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whom he called "Doc."
"Now they seem like momentous events. At the time, they were covered in the back pages of newspapers, for the most part. The only time blacks appeared in newspapers at that time was when there was violence," Adelman told the Associated Press in 2014.
He went on to shoot the covers of national magazines and the front pages of national newspapers, but he always considered himself an activist.
Among Adelman's best-known images were a shot of King and his wife, rain dampening their clothes, leading a crowd on a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965; a sequence of frames showing a small group of young black people struggling to stand under a blast of water from a fire hose in Birmingham, Alabama; and King delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech, raising his right hand over his head as he crescendos with the words of an old spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" The Brooklyn-born Adelman died in Miami Beach last weekend at the age of 85. — AP
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