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Mine Eyes Have Seen : Bearing Witness to the Struggle for Civil Rights (Paperback)

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LIFE photographer Bob Adelman was present at the most significant moments of our nation's struggle with race relations and recorded them all on film.

  • Bob Adelman's own commentary is supplemented by Charles Johnson's writing.
  • A moving installment from the LIFE Great Photographers series.
  • Nearly 200 pages of stunning black and white photographs.


Stirring and triumphant photographs taken by "LIFE" photographer Bob Adelman evoke the heady days of the Civil Rights Movement when America faced its worst nightmare only a generation ago. Concluding on a note of celebration, the photographs reveal ever-increasing signs of racial reconciliation.

Bob Adelman began as a volunteer and eventually became one of the most respected chroniclers of the Civil Rights Movement. Present at Martin Luther King, Jr's side, in attendance at the speeches and funeral of Malcolm X, welcomed by the Quilters of Gees Bend, Ralph Ellison, Sidney Poitier, James Baldwin, and Miles Davis, his intimate access and brilliant artistic eye resulted in a collection of unparalleled images.

Collected in MINE EYES HAVE SEEN, and accompanied by Adelman's reminiscences, these hundreds of photographs offer a rare and richly satisfying engagement in the Civil Rights Movement.

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