Martin Luther King III (second from left), Martin Luther King Jr., Yolanda King, Hosea Williams, 1966, Gadsden AL
Martin Luther King Jr., Brown's chapel, Selma AL 1965
Chicago IL 1966, Martin Luther King Jr. pool
Eva Grace Lemon (7 years old), Martin Luther King Jr., Aretha Willis (7); background Andy Young, Hosea Williams, march to integrate schools,  Grenada, MS, 1966
James Bevel, Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta GA 1966
Chicago, IL Freedom Festival, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Martin Luther King Jr., Al Raby, Mahalia Jackson 1966
Martin Luther King Jr. (left) & Andy Young, 1966 Montgomery AL airport. Martin Luther King Jr. extremely weary and smoking

Martin Luther King, Jr. Gallery

Trained to be a Protestant minister, Bob Fitch's career as a photojournalist began in 1965 when he joined the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s organization, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as a staff photographer.  As Fitch notes, "I worked for two intense years as the volunteer photographer for Dr. King and the SCLC, crisscrossing "Black Belt" states to document his people-to-people speaking tours promoting get-out-the-vote campaigns"  

Fitch's work with the SCLC in 1965 and 1966 produced powerful images of  Dr. King's speaking and leadership, as well as of the courageous efforts of marchers in events such as the 1966 Meredith March Against Fear. [View gallery]

Cesar Chavez (center, holding cane), Gallo march, 1975
Cesar Chavez, vineyard organizing, 1975
Joan Baez and Cesar Chavez march in the de la Cruz funeral, Delano, CA, 1973
Cesar Chavez's mother, Juana Estrada, and Cesar Chavez, Modesto, CA, during the Gallo march, 1975
Joan Baez leads singing, annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff workshop Penn Center, Frogmore, SC, 1966
Cesar Chavez, Gallo march, 1975
Cesar Chavez, Modesto, CA, Gallo march, 1975

Cesar Chavez Gallery

Following the death of the Rev. Martin Luther  in 1968, activist photographer Bob Fitch renewed his commitment to document nonviolent peace and social justice leaders and movements, traveling to Delano, California to photograph Cesar Chavez and members of the United Farm Workers union. 

As this gallery richly illustrates, between 1968 and 1975, Fitch captured powerful images of Chavez and the UFW as they organized and demonstrated for better working conditions and wages.  These actions, including the Modesto March of February, 1975, helped to bring about passage in May, 1975 of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (CALRA), a statute that established collective bargaining rights for farmworkers.  [View gallery]