From Library Journal
Moore was an Alabama news photographer who in the late 1950s began documenting what would become the Civil Rights movement. Initially, gatherings by Martin Luther King and his followers were no more than local news, but in 1963, Moore's shocking photos of blacks being doused with fire hoses, beaten bloody with clubs, and mauled by dogs at the hands not of racists and Klansman but of police officers made the rest of the country if not the rest of the world fully aware of what was transpiring in the American South. These photos, which captured the horrors better than words ever could, forced the public and the politicians to recognize the need for immediate change. Moore's photos undeniably were as influential to the passage of Civil Rights legislature as any march or speech and no doubt altered the course of our nation's history. This volume collects 188 examples of Moore's works along with text by Durham, a LIFE magazine reporter who often accompanied Moore, and an introduction by former King aide and UN ambassador Andrew Young. Powerful Days is powerful indeed; essential for all libraries.
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"[This book] contains many images that will be wrenchingly familiar to those who lived through this proud moral turning point in American history."
—New York Times Book Review
"Powerful Days is powerful stuff. The freedom marchers look as heroic as Iwo Jima Marines fighting their way up a mountain-which is just what they had to do."
"Every once in a while we receive a well-documented treasure of American history. This collection is such a treasure. . . . [Moore's] black-and-white photos of that era are classics of photojournalism, and as Powerful Days documents, those classics have lost none of their force and energy."