Archived photos rekindle need to keep MLK's legacy alive
Added 01-25-20 01:22:06am EST - “As Savannah Morning News photo chief Steve Bisson worked through a half-century-old box of negatives to catalog and scan, he made a discovery. Submerged within the newspaper's old photo files, 14 negatives provided documentation of…” - Washingtontimes.com
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - As Savannah Morning News photo chief Steve Bisson worked through a half-century-old box of negatives to catalog and scan, he made a discovery. Submerged within the newspaper’s old photo files, 14 negatives provided documentation of two Savannah appearances by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964.
According to the newspaper’s records and a copy of the February 1964 Southern Christian Leadership Conference newsletter presented by Tougaloo College’s online Civil Rights Movement Archive, King visited Savannah at least twice in 1964. The newly discovered photos show the civil rights leader when he gave a speech early in the year at the Savannah Municipal Auditorium to promote voter registration, and then again in late September when the eighth annual SCLC convention was held in Savannah.
Former Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson, who was active in the civil rights movement with the NAACP in various communities around the South in the 1960s, remembers that when King visited Savannah, he was impressed by the local leaders who were advocating for racial equality.
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“Savannah didn’t need any help, so he left, because he felt Savannah had great leadership,” Jackson said.
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