Imagine being a photojournalist in the summer of 1964 covering the civil rights struggles in Mississippi. Hearing his accounts makes one appreciate how far we’ve come as a nation in many ways. However, he and his colleagues at the Southern Documentary Project faced wiretaps, break-ins, police harassment and beatings, and death threats while trying to cover the enormous struggle for voting rights and equal rights by black citizens. The author conveys the fear and pain of the time but he also provides inspiration for journalists, photojournalists, and activists today. Freedom isn’t easy and reporting it has its dangers. He had to plan escape routes, how to find medical treatment in hostile towns, and locate safe houses if the mobs attacked black gatherings. He developed four rules for photojournalists. Rule number one is to use any means necessary – including cowardice – to get your story to the publisher. His rationale? The world has to get the story at all costs. This is an interesting book with haunting pictures and you can listen to the stories of reporting history in one of America’s toughest times. Through it all, he fell in love with Mississippi, its beauty, and its people.
Guest: Matt Herron
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