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Sat Jan 9, 2021, 11:07 PM

Civil rights photographer Tom Lankford dies of COVID-19 (al.com)

By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com

A former Birmingham News photographer, nationally honored for documenting the civil rights movement, has died.

Tom Lankford died on Dec. 31, 2020, of COVID-19, pneumonia and heart failure, said his daughter, Dawn Bowling. He was 85.

When U.S. Rep. John Lewis died last year, Lankford’s photos of Lewis leading marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 were among the most widely republished photos of Lewis. Lankford took pictures of the “Bloody Sunday” beatings of Lewis and other marchers in Selma on March 7, 1965.

In 2009, the Anti-Defamation League honored 12 former Birmingham News photographers including Lankford in the Concert Against Hate at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., with actor Liev Schreiber as master of ceremonies.

Among Lankford’s many historic black-and-white photos are several of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at Men’s Day at New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Birmingham on March 6, 1960. King had recently resigned as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, where he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott, to spend more time on civil rights activism.
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more (long encomium, photos): https://www.al.com/news/2021/01/civil-rights-photographer-tom-lankford-dies-of-covid-19.html
obit: https://obits.al.com/obituaries/birmingham/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=197425409&e=ca8c6796d2387b9cc9573e3f342c7bfe&utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_birmingham_obits%202021-01-05&utm_term=newsletter_birmingham_obits




OOPS, my mistake -- this was an event involving another photog. See https://www.bhamwiki.com/w/Tommy_Langston
Lucky shot

A day before, on Mothers Day, Birmingham Post-Herald photographer Tommy Langston pushed through a side door of the Birmingham Trailways station, where the Klan brutally beat the civil rights activists. His eyes had not yet adjusted from the light outside when he literally took a shot in the dark. When his bulb flashed, the Klansmen turned their attention to him, beating Langston with pipes and chains, and smashing his camera.

However, the film inside Langston’s camera survived the attack, and his photo became a shot seen ‘round the world.

https://www.al.com/news/2021/01/hey-big-mules-quit-financing-crackpots-like-mo-brooks.html

Not the last time he lost a camera.

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eppur_se_muova Jan 9 OP
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eppur_se_muova Jan 9 #2
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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 11:20 PM

1. Your OK says Lankford, but the article says Langston. Which one is his name?

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 11:28 PM

2. Corrected. Two B'ham news photogs w/similar names! nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sun Jan 10, 2021, 12:36 AM

3. K&R for visibility.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sun Jan 10, 2021, 01:23 AM

4. His Wiki says that he died in 2013.

He was born in 1924, so in 2013, he would have been around 89 years old.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 10, 2021, 11:32 AM

5. That's Langston, not Lankford. I got the two mixed up. nt

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 10, 2021, 07:59 PM

6. Good enough. We all make mistakes, I certainly do. nt

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