Demonstrators protesting Girard College’s segregationist admissions policy, Philadelphia

July 17, 1965
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John W. Mosley Photograph Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.

Mosley’s photograph of protesters in the rain at Girard College conveys an uncanny sense of atmosphere and even sound. The central figure with upraised umbrella is captured with mouth wide open, midway through hurling his voice in protest. The figures around him are poised to clap. The relationship between the figures and their dramatic reflections in the watery pavement below them is rhythmic, as is the web of vertical and horizontal architectural elements.

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  • that looks like kenneth abdus salaam next to the brother with the umbrella....kenneth would possibly know who some of the others were

    joanne scott-johnson

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