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Kanon Prevo (17) performs a dance act during a NAACP ceremony at Miles College in Fairfield, AL honoring dozens of foot soldiers. Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.
Members of the African-American community in Birmingham, AL attend Sunday mass at the New Pilgrim Church. The churches that are scattered around Birmingham continue to be the main communal meeting centers for African-Americans.
Foot soldiers and family members hold hands as they sing “We Shell Overcome” at the end of a NAACP ceremony in Fairfield, AL. Singing was one of the main tools in the non-violent fight for civil rights in the 1950s-1960s. The song “We Shell Overcome” became one of the symbols of the struggle and its success.
People from various races watch an installation of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, AL. The March on Washington and Dr. King’s speech on August 28, 1963 marked one of the most historic and known events of the fight for civil rights in the United States.
A man approaches a display of Rosa Parks riding the bus at the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, AL. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks became a symbol of the civil rights movement after December 1, 1955 when she refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled, in Montgomery, AL.
A statue of Dr. Martin Luther King in Kelly Ingram Park faces the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. Kelly Ingram Park is the historic place of the clashes between the civil rights activists and the Birmingham police that took place in 1963.
People attend Sunday mass at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. AL. The place is of special historic significance following a bombing of the church on September 15, 1963 in which 4 girls lost their lives.
Evelyn Thornton (80) leaves the main hall following Sunday mass at the New Pilgrim Church. Ms. Thornton was a foot solider during the African-American civil rights struggle in the 1960s.
An older man sits at a table at Leonard’s restaurant. Leonard’s is one of the most famous and long running soul food restaurants in Birmingham, AL.
An African-American person clears the table after having breakfast at the Alabama Power headquarters in Birmingham, AL.
A kid looks at a display of Ku-Klux-Klan uniform at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a large interpretive museum and research center in Birmingham, AL that depicts the struggles of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
Two young ushers stand next to the door to Brown Hall in Miles College during a NAACP ceremony honoring foot soldiers.
A view of Main Street in Columbiana, AL. An appeal that was served by a lawyer at “Wallace, Ellis, Fowler & Head” from Columbiana led to the Supreme Court striking down in June 2013 a coverage formula that Congress has used to monitor states with a history of discrimination.
A young African-American actress depicting a slave/maid plays with Caucasian kids at the American Village in Montevallo, AL. Founded in 1995, the American Village aims to serve as an educational institution whose mission is to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government.
Two African-American young men play basketball in Loveman Village Project in Birmingham, AL. The local community center tries to offer sport and cultural activities helping young people to stay out of trouble.
Two men talk on the street at Loveman Village Project, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Birmingham that is populated almost entirely by African-Americans.
Isaac Montgomery (11) rides his bicycle in the slum-like area his family lives at next to road 47 in Columbiana, AL.
Charles Montgomery (53, R) and his son Isaac Montgomery (11,L) next to their home by road 47 in Columbiana, AL. Charles has lived in Columbiana all his life and works irregularly in various jobs.
“E” (21) rests in the middle of a basketball game in Loveman Village Project in Birmingham, AL. Many young men in the area tattoo their bodies with marks of gangs, power, and their loved ones.
Britney Bethune (29, R) in her apartment at Loveman Project in Birmingham with Tony Howl (22, L) and her daughter Yaya (4, C). Britney moved into the neighborhood populated almost entirely by African-American since it is the only place she can afford to live at.
A girl holds her mother’s hand outside the main hall of the 6th Avenue Baptist Church, one of the biggest churches in Birmingham, which is known to attract a more affluent crowd.
Members of the African-American community in Birmingham attend Sunday mass at the 6th Avenue Baptist Church. Many members of the community were active during the civil rights struggle in the 1960’s.
A mixed crowd of white and black people enjoys the stand up show at the Comedy Club in Hoover, AL. Segregation was canceled in the 1960’s following the African-American civil rights non-violent struggle and is illegal today.
Denitra Streeter (14) performs a ballet piece during a NAACP ceremony honoring foot soldiers in Fairfield, AL. A few dozens of people where honored in the first out of many scheduled similar events marking 50 years to the civil right movement clashes with the authorities in Birmingham.
MLK Legacy (L’Express)
Photographed for L’Express Magazine towards the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech in Washington, DC.
The contemporary status of African-American civil rights in and around Birmingham, Alabama, one of the main centers of the civil rights struggle in the 1950s and 1960s.
– African-American communities in Birmingham and its suburbs
– The civil rights movement and other socially oriented organizations
– The Civil Rights Center and places of historical significance
– The town of Columbiana
– The American Village in Montevallo