Ernest Withers lived and photographed in Memphis, TN, a crossroad for the Civil Rights Movement. Withers also documented the music scene on Beale Street, the Negro Baseball League and black social life in Memphis.
Withers played a key roll in the Civil Rights Movement as a result of his photographic document of the Emmett Till trial. He was witness to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Medgar Evers Funeral, the Integration of Little Rock High School, the Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike and the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination and funeral.
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Ernest Withers, I Am A Man: Sanitation workers assemble in front of Clayborn Temple for a solidarity march, Memphis, Tennessee, 1968.
Ernest Withers, Mule Train leaves for Washington, Poor People's March, Marks, MS May 1968 2006
Ernest Withers, William Edwin Jones pushes daughter Renee Andrewnetta Jones (8 months old) during protest march on Main St., Memphis, TN August 1961 (Renee Andrewnetta later became a physician.)
Ernest Withers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stopped by police at Medgar Evers funeral, Jackson, MS, June, 1963
Ernest Withers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph Abernathy ride on one of the first desegregated buses, Montgomery, AL, December 21, 1956.
Ernest Withers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. resting in the Lorraine Motel following the March Against Fear, Memphis, TN, 1966, reading the Memphis Press-Scimitar. Headline reads, King Takes Over For Meredith; Suspect Jailed - $25,000 Bond. Less than two years after this photo was taken, Dr. King was assassinated outside of his room on the balcony of this motel.
Ernest Withers, Memorial March after assassination of MLK, Main St Memphis, April 8, 1968
Ernest Withers, James Brown, Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN, ca. 1965
Ernest Withers, Overton Park Zoo. Memphis, TN 1950's
Ernest Withers, Bumper sticker campaign organized by the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, Moun df Bayou, MS
Ernest Withers, Ernie Banks, Larry Doby, Matty Brescia, Jackie Robinson, Martin's Stadium 1953.
Ernest Withers, Desegregation of Central High School by 'Little Rock Nine.' (L to R) Carlotta Walls, Melba Patillio, Elizabeth Eckford and Minnie Jean Brown. Note white students waiting on steps to protest their arrival. Little Rock, AR, 1957.
Ernest Withers, Ernest Withers with his 1941 Ford station wagon, late 1940's
Ernest Withers, Martin Luther King Jr., Metropolitan Baptist Church, Memphis, 1967.
Ernest Withers, Twins at WDIA, 1948
Ernest Withers, B.B. King's Tour Bus, 'Big Red', Beale Street, c. 1956
Ernest Withers, Elvis Presley with B.B. King, "The Two Kings", Goodwill Review, Memphis, TN, 1957.
Ernest Withers, Brook Benton and Elvis Presley, WDIA Goodwill Revue, Ellis Auditorium, Memphis, TN, December 6, 1957
Ernest Withers, Ike and Tina Turner, Club Paradise, c. 1962
Ernest Withers, Tina Turner with Ikette, Club Paradise, Memphis, 1960's.
Ernest Withers, B.B. King with Bill Harvey, Hippodrome, Beale Street, Memphis c. 1950
Ernest Withers, Ruth Brown, The Hippodrome, Beale St, Memphis, 1950's
Ernest Withers, Lionel Hampton, The Hippodrome, Memphis, TN, mid 1950's