Photojournalist Matt Herron Dies

“Matt Herron a photojournalist who vividly memorialized the most portentous and promising moments from the front lines of the 1960s civil rights movement in the Deep South, died on Aug. 7 when a glider he was piloting crashed in Northern California. He was 89. A child of the Depression and a protégé of the Dust Bowl documentarian Dorothea Lange, Mr. Herron assembled a team of photographers to capture the clashes between white Southerners and Black protesters, aided by their white Freedom Rider allies, as they sought to claim the rights they had been legally granted a century before.” Read full story and watch video link to his oral history interview here.

Civil Rights oral history (USA)

Cassidy Porter is only 13 years old, but the Fruitvale Junior High School seventh-grader feels a deep connection to the Civil Rights Movement.  It started a couple of years ago, when she watched director Spike Lee's 1997 documentary "Four Little Girls." The film chronicles the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. The attack killed four girls ages 11 to 14, sparking nationwide outrage and providing the Civil Rights Movement with a burst of momentum.  For full story click here.