“To say that I was overcome by emotions after reading Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington would be an understatement particularly as I considered that only 50 years later, Barack Obama serves as president. The eloquence in these 161 pages commanded my attention from beginning to end. Kitty Kelley's essays provide context for stunning, never-before-published photographs by Tretick.” Chicago Tribune
“Turn to any page and you're likely to be moved – and reminded of work yet to be done, as Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman manages to do so effectively in her introduction…. Kelley's lean text, respectfully subordinated to the largely joyous, strikingly candid images by her old friend Tretick, vividly evokes a time when this nation was pregnant with both conflict and promise.” Christian Science Monitor
“Offers readers an intimate glimpse of a pivotal day 50 years ago in America's civil rights movement.” San Antonio Express-News
“A kinetic look at the march, but also a chronicle of the civil rights movement and its leaders, more journalistic in nature, a kind of documentary that appears to be without style or guile. If you have that wish of having been at the march, this is as close as you can get… These are not great pictures. They're something better than that. There are thousands of images that exist of the march. Tretick's photos have the look of news, of in the moment. They are faces caught up close. They show the multitudes carrying a message or rather hundreds of messages.” Georgetowner
“Fifty years later, a stirring evocation of the 1963 March on Washington…. Fine photos, concise text, including excerpts from remarks of the day, and a solid view of the Kennedy administration dragged into the American future.” Kirkus
“Readers are given an intimate portrait of the weeks leading up to the march, as well as iconic images of the day. Tretick (1921–1999) was a master at capturing his subjects with depth and humanity…. The book is a welcome marker of a seminal moment in American history.” Publishers Weekly
“Tretick, famous for his iconic photos of President Kennedy and his family, documents the rising hopes and tensions as blacks and whites pressed for equity and obstructionists fought their efforts…. Kelley provides narrative background and context, including the roles of such iconic figures as Robert Kennedy, Roy Wilkins, James Baldwin, and A. Philip Randolph. This inspirational book also includes excerpts of speeches by King and others.” Booklist
Fifty years later, a stirring evocation of the 1963 March on Washington. "We are not a pressure group; we are not an organization or a group of organizations; we are not a mob. We are the advance guard of a massive moral revolution for jobs and freedom." With these words, A. Philip Randolph opened the historic day of nonviolent protest that drew some 300,000 people of all races and religions to the nation's capital for a march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. They included civil rights notables Roy Wilkins, John Lewis and Walter Reuther; celebrities from Marlon Brando to Rita Moreno and Dennis Hopper; and ordinary citizens from throughout the country. They hoped to sway Congress to pass comprehensive civil rights legislation. In this welcome celebration of an event that has passed into American memory, Kelley (Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys, 2012, etc.) puts words to previously unpublished images by veteran photographer Tretick to tell the story of the gathering, from the arrival of black and white marchers by the busload to the famously moving "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr. Readers can see the passion and pride in the faces on these pages, the joy of people cooling their feet in the Reflecting Pool, and, with a little effort, they can almost hear the cries from the crowd of "Amen, brother, Amen!" at the words of speaker after speaker. The book will be a nostalgia trip for all who lived through the period and a perfect introduction to a seminal moment for younger generations. Fine photos, concise text, including excerpts from remarks of the day, and a solid view of the Kennedy administration dragged into the American future.
Noted photojournalist Stanley Tretick is perhaps best known for his iconic images of President Kennedy (see Capturing Camelot, also by Kelley), but the 100-plus color and black-and-white images in this book show him in good form as he captures a major political event. On August 28, 1963, nearly 300,000 people, black and white, famous and not, marched to the Washington Monument in the nation's capital to petition Congress to pass the President's Civil Rights Act. Touted as a keepsake, it's also a record that should bring it all back.