If it were not for Orangeburg native and photographer Cecil Williams, the world might not have known much of what was happening in the American South during the Civil Rights movement.
“Had I not taken the photographs, many events that I cover would not have been — there wouldn’t have been any historical record left of them,” Williams told South Carolina Radio Network. “Often I was the only person there with a camera.”
Not only was Williams a chronicler, he was a participant in the movement. He was arrested twice while photographing demonstrations for national publications such as Jet magazine.
“Local news media would not really cover events where African-Americans were involved and especially if it was something that was against the Constitution or the Jim Crow laws that prevailed at the time,” he said. “Thank goodness for the people who marched and demonstrated and persisted over a long period of time in keeping their eye on the prize that things gradually began to change.” [Read more…]