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Anthony Camerano

(1909 - 1973)

Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin has been named by Notre Dame University as the first black member of its Board of Trustees, April 1, 1969 (printed November 3, 1969)
Vintage wire photograph with applied pigment on paper
9 1/16 x 4 9/16 in. (23.02 x 11.59 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.244

New Trustee: Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin has been named by Notre Dame University as the first black member of its Board of Trustees. Rustin currently heads the A. Philip Randolph Institute of New York.

Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) was an American leader in social movements for Civil Rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights. Rustin worked with A. Philip Randolph on the March on Washington Movement in 1941 to press for an end to discrimination in employment. Rustin later organized Freedom Rides and helped to organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to strengthen Martin Luther King, Jr.'s leadership. He taught King about nonviolence and later served as an organizer for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. After the passage of the Civil Rights legislation of 1964–65, Rustin became the head of the AFL–CIO's A. Philip Randolph Institute, which promoted the integration of formerly all-white unions and promoted the unionization of blacks. During the 1970s and 1980s, Rustin served on many humanitarian missions, such as aiding refugees from Communist Vietnam and Cambodia. At the time of his death in 1987, he was on a humanitarian mission in Haiti. Rustin was a gay man who had been arrested early in his career for engaging in public sex. Due to criticism over his sexuality, he usually acted behind the scenes as an influential adviser to Civil Rights leaders. In the 1980s, Rustin became a public advocate on behalf of gay causes. Later in life, Rustin shifted ideologically towards neoconservatism. On November 20, 2013, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: typewritten title, date stamps and newspaper caption affixed.

Wire photographs were originally transmitted over phonelines, then later, by satellite. They were first used in the early 1920s. Associated Press became a leader with this. After pigment touch-ups, etc., the print is put into a drum (like a drum scanner). The image gets converted into audio tones that are transmitted. The tones are received and beamed onto photo-sensitive paper. Wire photographs are copies without originals---they are hybrid, transmitted objects. (Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head, Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 30-31, 2022)

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  • Image Dimensions: 9 1/16 x 4 9/16 in. (23.02 x 11.59 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 x 8 1/16 in. (25.4 x 20.48 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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