I boarded a flight early Friday morning (Aug. 23) headed to Washington, D.C. for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington. On the plane was Congressman Steve Cohen, the Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles, who knew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. well, and Tonja Sesley Baymon, the programs director of the Memphis Urban League.
Realizing that the March on Washington anniversary included the journey there, I went to work capturing images.
We landed at Reagan National Airport about 11 a.m. (ET) and headed to baggage claim. I turned around and there was John Conyers, the Congressman from Michigan. I introduced myself and asked if I could get a photograph of him, along with an interview.
He said, "Yes." Now I was two for two.
Dakar Fashion Week in Senegal has been showcasing beautiful African women and fashion since 2002 – but this year, the founder had something new in store.
Sengalese fashion designer Adama Ndiaye reportedly said she banned models from the Dakar Fashion Week who lighten their skin, a process which she refers to as "depigmentation."
Ndiaye told FashionGhana.com that she's against the practice and doesn't find it pretty.
"I'm trying to teach them to like themselves," she told the publication.
A Republican National Committee event Monday commemorating the 1963 "March on Washington" took a political turn when a speaker called out African-American politicians he said are exploiting their posts for dishonest ends.
"We must be honest about those black politicians who are standing on those who sacrificed and are using that position for corrupt purposes," said social activist Bob Woodson Sr., the founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. "We need to call them out, because they are moral traitors. They are moral traitors. But we're silent about that."
Woodson's organization, based in Washington, helps neighborhoods solve problems like violence and lack of housing. Before founding the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise in 1981, Woodson – who is black – headed the National Urban League's Administration of Justice Division.
Standing on the spot where 50 years earlier the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made "I have a dream" the clarion call of the civil rights movement, a broader call for equality rang out Saturday.
Thousands rallied at the National Mall to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic August 28, 1963, March on Washington.
Leaders from civil rights, religious and civic organizations paid tribute to those who fought and continue to fight for racial equality, but the slate of demands today has expanded to other hot-button issues.
It was his most famous speech, and the most memorable moment of the March on Washington.
All eyes were on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963, as he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd of 250,000.
But one photographer, there to document the event, trained his camera away from the civil rights icon and toward the crowd.
The result was a visual document showcasing the diversity of marchers who gathered that day.
"This is the Day: The March on Washington," is a collection of 75 of Leonard Freed's photographs -- most published for the first time -- taken before, during and after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.