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Photojournalist and Civil Rights Movement Activist
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Ernest Withers got his start as a military photographer while serving in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon returning to a segregated Memphis after the war, he chose photography as his avocation and profession.

In the 1950s, Withers helped spur the movement for equal rights with a self-published photo pamphlet on the Emmitt Till murder. Over the next two decades, he formed close personal relationships with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and James Meredith. His pictures of key civil rights events from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the strike of Memphis sanitation workers are historic. Indeed, Withers was often the only photographer to record these scenes, many of which were not yet of interest to the mainstream press.

Withers also photographed more than the southern civil rights movement. Whether Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and other Negro League baseball players or those jazz and blues musicians who frequented Memphis' Beale Street, Withers photographed the famous and not-so famous. Withers' collection includes pictures of early performances of Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.

In his more than sixty-year career, Withers accumulated a collection of an estimated 5 million photographs. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Jet, Ebony, Newsweek and Life, and has been featured in touring exhibits and shows around the country. For his life's work, Withers was elected to the Black Press Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts College of Art.

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