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“Leonard Freed’s photographs provide one of the best records of the geographic, racial and generational diversity of the marchers and the groups they represented. . . . These photographs unveil the intimate human connections that together produced one of the nation’s most consequential events.”—New York Times


“Riveting. . . . Leonard Freed focused on the details: People arriving by buses and vans to join in the protest. Shots of the many volunteers preparing placards for distribution show the marchers’ determination. But then he pulls back to get some of the most stunning images in the book: wide-angle shots of an overflowing crowd yearning for freedom.”—Chicago Tribune


“A visual document showcasing the diversity of marchers who gathered that day.”—CNN


“Leonard Freed’s work exposed the racial inequalities and tensions that plagued a growing nation. He captured the emotions of a group of people whose past were filled with struggles and futures were populated with great hope.”—ABC News


This Is the Day is an important lens through which to relive one of the peak moments of the civil rights movement.”—Washington Post


“This handsome black-and-white collection of 79 photos showcases Magnum Photos photographer Leonard Freed’s . . . deft eye for capturing important and emotional moments.”—Publishers Weekly


“Leonard Freed’s statement that ‘photography is an emotional thing, a graceful thing’ is most evident on these pages, where determined individuals of all colors, who were willing to literally stand up for equal rights for all, are aptly represented.”—Choice

About the Author

Leonard Freed (American, 1929–2006) was a pioneer in the genre of socially conscious photojournalism. Freed’s photographs are represented in many public and private collections. His book Black in White America, first published in 1967/68, was reissued by Getty Publications in 2010. Julian Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and is currently professor of history at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Michael Eric Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and the author of sixteen books, including April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America (Basic Civitas Books, 2008). Paul Farber is currently completing his doctorate in American studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606061216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606061213
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ralph E. Moore, Jr. on March 20, 2013
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Leonard Freed book, This Is the Day: the March on Washington is a very wonderful book to have and to read. Its texts by Julian Bond and Michael Eric Dyson are exceedingly thought provoking. And the pictures by Freed are riveting. It was the everyday people who changed America then and who will continue to change it in the future. Freed captures that obvious but often overlooked notion by selecting the people of the King. His leadership is certified by his vast following. Freed captures the strength of the following not only in its numbers but its reflection of the real America's variety.

I love this book; it will be on my coffee table for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Texas Anne on July 16, 2013
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The pictures in the book say it all! This is a great coffee table book to have - especially with the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington coming up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Billionaress on June 10, 2013
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This is an excellent table book that chronicles history. I absolutely love it. The pictures are dynamic and expressive. A must read.
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By J. C. Williams on December 10, 2013
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Outstanding photojournalism! The pictures are moving, emotional, historical and memorable. Good for everyone's library. Anyone who is into history will enjoy this book.
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My Dad was there, so I gave him this book. He's not one to complain, so I think he likes it.
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