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Charles Kelly

(North Carolina, c. 1932 - June 3, 2016, Atlanta, GA)

Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., waves to newsmen gathered on the lawn of her Atlanta home for a news conference called by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, April 12, 1968
Vintage wire photograph on paper
9 11/16 x 7 1/8 in. (24.61 x 18.1 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: P2021.13.43

Commentary
Waves A Greeting: Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., waves to newsmen gathered on the lawn of her Atlanta home for a news conference called by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. At left is new SCLC President Ralph D. Abernathy; at right is the Reverend A. D. King, brother of Mrs. King's slain husband. Mrs. King appeared briefly and did not participate in the news conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006) was an American author, activist and Civil Rights leader. She was the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., and she helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and worked to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Ralph Abernathy (1926-1990) was a Baptist minister who, with Martin Luther King, Jr., organized the historical Montgomery bus boycotts. He co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a major Civil Rights figure, serving as close adviser to King and later assuming SCLC presidency.

Alfred Daniel Williams “A. D.” King (1930 – 1969) was the younger brother of Martin Luther King, Jr., the famed leader of the Civil Rights Movement. King was a Baptist minister and a Civil Rights activist.

Bibliography
Associated Press ID #6804120209

Materials
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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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 9 11/16 x 7 1/8 in. (24.61 x 18.1 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 10 1/8 x 7 15/16 in. (25.72 x 20.16 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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