In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here is Louis H. Draper’s Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi (c. 1960). Draper’s portrait of the civil rights activist is emblematic of his humanistic approach to photography. In the 1960s, Draper cofounded the Kamoinge Workshop, a Harlem-based group of African American photographers devoted to representing the diversity and complexity of Black communities. Draper’s portrait was commissioned by Essence magazine to accompany an interview with Hamer in its October 1971
issue. The daughter of sharecroppers, Hamer was a central figure in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s 1964 Freedom Summer, which organized volunteers to travel around Mississippi registering disenfranchised African American voters; she later cofounded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

See the portrait now in An Incomplete History of Protest

[Louis H. Draper (1935-2002), Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi, c. 1960. Gelatin silver print. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee. © Louis H. Draper Preservation Trust]

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here is Louis H. Draper’s Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi (c. 1960). Draper’s portrait of the civil rights activist is emblematic of his humanistic approach to photography. In the 1960s, Draper cofounded the Kamoinge Workshop, a Harlem-based group of African American photographers devoted to representing the diversity and complexity of Black communities. Draper’s portrait was commissioned by Essence magazine to accompany an interview with Hamer in its October 1971
issue. The daughter of sharecroppers, Hamer was a central figure in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s 1964 Freedom Summer, which organized volunteers to travel around Mississippi registering disenfranchised African American voters; she later cofounded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

See the portrait now in An Incomplete History of Protest

[Louis H. Draper (1935-2002), Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi, c. 1960. Gelatin silver print. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee. © Louis H. Draper Preservation Trust]

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here is Louis H. Draper’s Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi (c. 1960). Draper’s portrait of the civil rights activist is emblematic of his humanistic approach to photography. In the 1960s, Draper cofounded the Kamoinge Workshop, a Harlem-based group of African American photographers devoted to representing the diversity and complexity of Black communities. Draper’s portrait was commissioned by Essence magazine to accompany an interview with Hamer in its October 1971
issue. The daughter of sharecroppers, Hamer was a central figure in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s 1964 Freedom Summer, which organized volunteers to travel around Mississippi registering disenfranchised African American voters; she later cofounded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

See the portrait now in An Incomplete History of Protest

[Louis H. Draper (1935-2002), Fannie Lou Hamer, Mississippi, c. 1960. Gelatin silver print. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee. © Louis H. Draper Preservation Trust]

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here is Louis H….

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