I was happy when I learned The Barber of Birmingham was nominated for an Academy Award. The life of Civil Rights foot soldier James Armstrong is worth celebrating. Besides being a Barbershop owner and a World War II veteran, Armstrong successfully sued the Board of Education of Birmingham for failing to allow him to enroll his children in school. He won. In Spring 1963 Armstrong participated in daily protests. Police arrested him for his efforts to desegregate a lunch counter at a Birmingham diner. In 1965 he helped lead marchers across Selma’s Edmund Pettus bridge on “Bloody Sunday”.
I snapped several shots of Armstrong in Selma in 2009. This is an excellent opportunity to share them.