“Many books have chronicled the civil rights movement and the great achievements of its leaders. What makes photojournalist and social activist Bob Adelman’s “Mine Eyes Have Seen” so distinctive is his focus on the regular folks affected by the movement and those who laid their lives on the line for it, and the fact that the artist behind the lens was no passive observer.
Adelman was a partisan, a white man who not only chronicled these people and events for national magazines such as Life, Newsweek and Time but also passionately believed in the need for radical change so that black Americans would enjoy the same rights and privileges as other U.S. citizens. He volunteered as a photographer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.”
PHOTO: “Socialite gathering, Dallas, Texas,” shows the black maid’s isolation in a world of privilege. Photo by Bob Aldeman