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Photograph by:
Builder Levy, American, born 1942  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., American, 1929 - 1968  Search this
gold toned silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 12 15/16 × 8 5/8 in. (32.9 × 21.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 13 15/16 × 10 7/8 in. (35.4 × 27.6 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America
April 8, 1968; printed 2016
A black and white photograph of a woman holding a poster at the Martin Luther King Memorial March in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. The woman is in the midst of a march and is carrying a sign with printed text that reads: [I AM A MAN]. The sign has been altered by hand to read: [I AM A WoMan]. Other marchers are visible in the background carrying similar signs. They marchers are walking down a street in Memphis that is lined with buildings on either side. The back of the photograph includes the photographer's signature, information about the subject of the photograph, and printing information.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Feminism  Search this
Gender  Search this
Identity  Search this
Photography  Search this
U.S. History, 1961-1969  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Arnika Dawkins and the Arnika Dawkins Gallery
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Builder Levy
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National Museum of African American History and Culture