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Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael

Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael
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George Tames, 1919 - 1994
Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., 1908 - 1972
Stokely Carmichael, 1941 - 1998
Gelatin silver print
Image: 34.4 x 26.9 cm (13 9/16 x 10 9/16")
Sheet: 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames
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© George Tames/The New York Times/Redux
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George Tames’s photograph evokes the echoes of Congressperson Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Stokely Carmichael’s laughter in the corridors of the Rayburn House Office Building. Powell and Carmichael had held a press conference on July 27, 1966, to call for a Black Power conference during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The men represented two different generations in the campaign for civil rights.
Powell (left) was elected to office in 1944 as New York City’s first African American congressperson. He became famous for fighting segregation in the military, in schools, and in the workplace. During the 1960s, he helped develop and pass a number of important civil rights bills. Carmichael (right) grew up in New York City and shared Powell’s commitment to civil rights. In 1966, when this photo was taken, Carmichael had begun serving as the chairperson of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
Esta foto de George Tames evoca las risas del congresista Adam Clayton Powell Jr. y de Stokely Carmichael en los pasillos del edificio Rayburn de la Cámara de Representantes. Ambos habían ofrecido una conferencia de prensa el 27 de julio de 1966 para convocar a una reunión del Poder Negro el fin de semana del Día del Trabajo. Representaban dos generaciones en la campaña por los derechos civiles.
Powell (izquierda) fue electo en 1944 como primer congresista afroamericano de la ciudad de Nueva York, famoso por su lucha contra la segregación en las fuerzas armadas, las escuelas y el empleo. En los años sesenta ayudó a desarrollar y aprobar importantes leyes pro derechos civiles. Carmichael (derecha) creció en Nueva York y compartía el compromiso de Powell con los derechos civiles. En 1966, cuando fue tomada esta foto, Carmichael presidía el Comité Coordinador Estudiantil No Violento.
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