Gelatin silver print
Image: 19.3 x 21.9 cm (7 5/8 x 8 5/8 in.); Paper: 19.3 x 21.9 cm (7 5/8 x 8 5/8 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 2021.135
Chester Higgins Jr. took this image the year he began photographing, while still a student at the Tuskegee Institute.
Higgins took up photography to document protests on campus and other activities in the Civil Rights Movement. The picture shows neither leaders nor dramatic moments in the movement; instead, Higgins focused on the audience listening to speeches at a civil rights rally. The expressions on the faces of the crowd vary: they range from hope to forbearance to cynicism, but always demonstrate determination.
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