Reviews for Let Freedom Ring : Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington

Booklist Reviews 2013 July #1
On August 28, 1963, on assignment for Look, photographer Tretick was among the 300,000 gathered on the Washington Mall for what would be known as the March on Washington to urge passage of the civil rights bill. Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the march, this book offers never-before-published photographs of the historic march as well as the events that led up to it. Tretick, famous for his iconic photos of President Kennedy and his family, documents the rising hopes and tensions as blacks and whites pressed for equity and obstructionists fought their efforts. Among the images are marchers dressed in their Sunday best despite the oppressive heat, throngs of people with flags and signs insisting on equal rights and full employment, and Martin Luther King Jr. standing on the back porch of an apartment building in Chicago, where he came to protest segregated housing. Kelley provides narrative background and context, including the roles of such iconic figures as Robert Kennedy, Roy Wilkins, James Baldwin, and A. Philip Randolph. This inspirational book also includes excerpts of speeches by King and others. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2013 July #1
Fifty years later, a stirring evocation of the 1963 March on Washington. "We are not a pressure group; we are not an organization or a group of organizations; we are not a mob. We are the advance guard of a massive moral revolution for jobs and freedom." With these words, A. Philip Randolph opened the historic day of nonviolent protest that drew some 300,000 people of all races and religions to the nation's capital for a march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. They included civil rights notables Roy Wilkins, John Lewis and Walter Reuther; celebrities from Marlon Brando to Rita Moreno and Dennis Hopper; and ordinary citizens from throughout the country. They hoped to sway Congress to pass comprehensive civil rights legislation. In this welcome celebration of an event that has passed into American memory, Kelley (Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the Kennedys, 2012, etc.) puts words to previously unpublished images by veteran photographer Tretick to tell the story of the gathering, from the arrival of black and white marchers by the busload to the famously moving "I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr. Readers can see the passion and pride in the faces on these pages, the joy of people cooling their feet in the Reflecting Pool, and, with a little effort, they can almost hear the cries from the crowd of "Amen, brother, Amen!" at the words of speaker after speaker. The book will be a nostalgia trip for all who lived through the period and a perfect introduction to a seminal moment for younger generations. Fine photos, concise text, including excerpts from remarks of the day, and a solid view of the Kennedy administration dragged into the American future. Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Library Journal Reviews 2013 March #1

Noted photojournalist Stanley Tretick is perhaps best known for his iconic images of President Kennedy (see Capturing Camelot, also by Kelley), but the 100-plus color and black-and-white images in this book show him in good form as he captures a major political event. On August 28, 1963, nearly 300,000 people, black and white, famous and not, marched to the Washington Monument in the nation's capital to petition Congress to pass the President's Civil Rights Act. Touted as a keepsake, it's also a record that should bring it all back.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 June #2

This book commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when nearly 300,000 people descended on the nation's capital on August 28, 1963, to demand comprehensive civil rights legislation. Celebrity biographer Kelley (Oprah: A Biography) narrates the event and provides captions for photojournalist Stanley Tretick's arresting black-and-white photos, collected here for the first time. Tretick's photographs are a veritable who's who of civil rights icons, including Martin Luther King Jr. Readers are given an intimate portrait of the weeks leading up to the march, as well as iconic images of the day. Tretick (1921-1999) was a master at capturing his subjects with depth and humanity. There's J.F.K. leaning out of the back of his convertible to talk with a young African-American girl and greeting African-American supporters; a beatific-looking Martin Luther King Jr.; and comedian Dick Gregory telling jokes in a smoky club. Some of the freshest shots are of the crowd itself: a young African-American woman overcome with heat is helped by a white boy in uniform; several Sunday-best young men and women and well-appointed marchers play tourist and snap photos amid American flags on the National Mall. The book is a welcome marker of a seminal moment in American history. Over 100 b&w photos. Agent: Wayne Kaback, WSK Management. (Aug.)

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