It Has Always Been About Voting: A portfolio of photographs taken in Mississippi during the James Meredith March Against Fear (1966) [Limited Edition, Signed]

Philadelphia: Hartfield Editions, 2012. First Edition. Deluxe production to display a collection of photographs taken when the photographer Robert J. Brand was a 20-year-old participant in the James Meredith March Against Fear (June, 1966). James Meredith, the first black student admitted to the University of Mississippi, in 1962, had set out to walk the 220 miles from the northernmost part of Mississippi to Jackson, the state capitol, in order to encourage voter registration. However, and despite the promise of State Highway Police protection, on the second day of the journey Meredith was shot and badly wounded by a white sniper, putting an end to his solo mission. Various Civil Rights organizations, including those of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Stokely Carmichael, rallied to carry on the march for him. Eventually 10,000 people would participate in the march to Jackson, with 4,000 registering to vote in the counties along the way, and a total of 15,000 entering the city on June 26, twenty days after Meredith first set out.

Brand participate in almost the entire 3-week venture, taking photographs along the way. Those present here show a march vastly more diverse than Meredith's original call to black men exclusively to join him on his march, with men, women, and children of all races present in the crowds. Photographs depict scenes of both celebration and prayer while also displaying the darker side of the event, with numerous shots of groups of white male onlookers, one provocatively dressed in a Confederate flag-themed shirt while his friend gives the marchers the finger.

So far (May, 2015) OCLC locates 2 copies, at Yale and Vanderbilt. Limited to 40 copies of which this is no. 10. Large oblong folio (40.5x50.75cm.); 4 leaves and 22 photographic plates, each plate accompanied with tissue guard printed in grey; loose as issued in blue card portfolio. Housed in two-part aluminum, laser-etched box. Introduction signed by Brand; each plate signed and numbered in pencil by Brand. Fine.

Price: $4,000.00

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