Movement Photographs of
Danny Lyon

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All photographs © Danny Lyon from Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.


Cairo, IL. 1962

[© Danny Lyon]


Demonstrators at an "all-white" swimming pool in Cairo, IL.

[© Danny Lyon]



Albany, Georgia, August, 1962

[© Danny Lyon]

Segregated drinking fountains in the county courthouse in Albany Georgia.

[© Danny Lyon]

On a hot August night, a mass meeting packs the Shiloh Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.

[© Danny Lyon]

Charles Sherrod, the leader of SNCC's effort in southwest Georgia.

[© Danny Lyon]

A meeting in Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

[© Danny Lyon] A northern student in Mount Zion Baptist.


[© Danny Lyon]


Southwest Georgia, Charles Sherrod (right) & Randy Battle (seated) visit a supporter.


Ralph Allen taking an affidavit from Carolyn Daniels in Terrell County, Georgia, Aug. 1962


[© Danny Lyon]

The Leesburg, Georgia, Stockade

[© Danny Lyon] Arrested for demonstrating in Americus, Georgia, teenage girls are kept in a stockage in the countryside near Leesburg. They have no beds and no working sanitary facilities. I made pictures through the broken glass of the barred windows.


Atlanta GA which claimed to be "The city too busy to hate."

[© Danny Lyon]

Atlanta, Winter 1963 — 1964

One of high school student Taylor Washington's numerous arrests is immortalized as he yells while passing before me. The photograph became the cover of SNCC's photo book, The Movement, and was reproduced in the former Soviet Union in Pravda, captioned "Police Brutality USA."

[© Danny Lyon]

A Toddle House in Atlanta has the distinction of being occupied during a sit-in by some of the most effective organizers in America when the SNCC staff and supporters take a break from a conference to demonstrate.

[© Danny Lyon]

James Forman leads singing in the SNCC office on Raymond Street in Atlanta. (From left) Mike Sayer, McArthur Cotton, Forman, Marion Barry, Lester MacKinney, Mike Thelwell, Lawrence Guyot, Judy Richardson, John Lewis, Jean Wheeler, and Julian Bond.


[© Danny Lyon]


Frank Smith, Bob Moses, Willie (Wazir) Peacock, Greenwood SNCC office, 1963.


[© Danny Lyon]


Martha Prescod, Mike Miller, and Bob Moses do voter registration work in the countryside.


SNCC leader John Lewis speaking in Greenwood, 1963.


[© Danny Lyon]
Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, January, 1964.


Cops lurking outside a Clarksdale civil rights meeting make their sentiments clear.

US-49 Jackson to Yazoo City, MS

Birmingham, September 1963

[© Danny Lyon]


Heavily armed Alabama State Troopers make a show of force near the [16th Street Baptist] church.


SNCC members at funeral for one of the murdered children.


Cambridge MD


Cambridge Movement leader Gloria Richardson, 1963.

[© Danny Lyon]


Gloria Richardson, Stokely Carmichael, and Cleve Sellers in custody in Cambridge, Maryland, 1964.

Selma AL

[© Danny Lyon]
Teenagers lead freedom singing in Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1963.

[© Danny Lyon]


Sheriff Jim Clark arrests two demonstrators who displayed placard on the steps of the federal building in Selma, 1963.

Selma students sing freedom songs on the steps of Brown Chapel in defiance of the cops.


A posseman waits with his electric cattle-prod, and bone-handled six-shooter


Young nonviolent warriors of Selma.



Cortland Cox, Phyllis Cunningham, and Worth Long at SNCC's Waveland conference, November 1964.


SNCC organizers Donna Richards, Euvester Simpson & Gwen Gillion

"Murderers," the new 30 min DVD by Danny Lyon is now available from Made exclusively with murderers and friends in three states; New York, Arkansas, and New Mexico, this is a dark and profound work on one of the oldest of mankind's activities, murder. Moving and beautiful with the use of great music, the film is deeply disturbing.

You may view a scene at this site.

Five Days Danny Lyon's new 60 minute DVD of the massive protests of August 2004, in NYC against the Republican National Convention is available from

On the last days of August, 2004 and the first days of September, New York City experienced the largest non-violent demonstrations directed against a political convention in American history. NYPD listed 120 separate protests. 1821 people were arrested. On a single day, half a million persons marched up Eighth Avenue towards the Republican National Convention in Madison Square Garden. Almost none of these protests reached the American people or the world via television.

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