Photographer Lee Friedlander exhibits for the first time, at the Yale University Art Gallery, a series of never before seen photographs taken during the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friedlander was only twenty three years old when he took these historic pictures; they capture the first national rally after the astonishing success of the Montgomery bus boycott led by a young leader named Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
The exhibit covers the May 17, 1957 gathering in front of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington D.C to commemorate the third anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, which ended segregation in public schools.
Friedlander's photographs depict the people's courage, hope and a deep desire for change. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom. These photographs are the perfect way to celebrate unity and the importance of communities coming together with one voice to fight injustice.
If you have never been to the Yale University Art Gallery, Friedlander's exhibition is one of many reason why you should take time to go. But hurry, the photographs will only be on display until July 9th.