Congratulations Bob Fitch Photography Archive Acquired by Stanford University Library

So proud and grateful to Bob Fitch for allowing me to use 4 of his previously unpublished photos in “This Bright Light of Ours.” They are among his earliest civil rights photos, taken in 1966 when visiting Wilcox County to record the work of Dorothy Cotton and Septima Clark on the Citizenship Education Project and when he accompanied Dr. King after civil rights martyr David Colston was murdered.

Bob Fitch and other civil rights veterans singing at "This Bright Light of Ours" westcoast book launch Feb 20, 2014

Bob Fitch and other civil rights veterans singing at “This Bright Light of Ours” westcoast book launch Feb 20, 2014. ©Samuel Torres Jr

From Stanford Fitch’s photographs have been featured in two Smithsonian traveling exhibits and are reproduced globally in print, film and electronic media. Fitch’s photographs have appeared in numerous books over the past decades, from his documentation of the counter-culture community in San Francisco (Hippie Is Necessary, 1967) and his work chronicling the non-violent civil rights movement and leaders (My Eyes Have Seen, 1971), including publication of his iconic photographs of Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, Cesar Chavez, Pete Seeger, Dorothy Day, Stokely Carmichael, Fathers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, Ron Dellums, David Harris and Joan Baez, to more recent works such as Richard Steven Street’s Photographing Farmworkers in California and the anthology This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement.

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