Tuesday, December 28, 2010

CNN Documentary on Photographer Ernest Withers Due in February

Soledad O'Brien is shooting a new documentary for CNN on the  iconic civil rights photographer, Ernest Withers.

Withers (August 7, 1922 – October 15, 2007) was an African American freelance photographer famous for his black and white images of the segregated South in the 1950s and 60s, Negro league baseball, and the Memphis blues scene.

His images captured America for nearly 60 years, preserving the good and the bad, in particular, racism.

He traveled with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his public life. Withers' coverage of the Emmett Till murder trial brought national attention to the racial violence taking place during the 1950s in Mississippi.

One controversial aspect of his career is evidence that only surfaced in 2010 which shows that in the years 1968 to 1970 Withers served as a paid informant for the FBI and that he reported on the activity of several Civil Rights leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr.

The documentary is scheduled to air February 20, 2011.


Books By Ernest Withers

Negro League Baseball  Pictures Tell the Story : Ernest C. Withers Reflections in History The Memphis Blues Again: Six Decades of Memphis Music Photographs

Negro League Baseball
Pictures Tell the Story : Ernest C. Withers Reflections in History
The Memphis Blues Again: Six Decades of Memphis Music Photographs
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