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student leader James Mays of Clark College tells newsmen that the students have renamed the former Atlanta University Center as the Martin Luther King University Center, April 1969
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.419

Commentary
Says Students Have Renamed University Center: student leader James Mays of Clark College tells newsmen that the students "have taken it upon themselves to rename the former Atlanta University Center as the Martin Luther King University Center." However, Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., father of the slain Civil Rights leader and a Trustee of the college, said the name change would not be made "under duress".

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: date stamp.

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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