Civil Rights Photographer Charles Moore Remembered

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is sprawled across a police desk as his wife looks on. He was arrested while trying to attend a hearing for civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy and was released when his identity became known to the police. Montgomery, Ala., 1958 Charles Moore/Black Star hide caption

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Charles Moore put faces on the civil rights movement for a nation to see. His photographs for Life magazine reached half of the nation. Images of snarling police dogs, water cannons, the Ku Klux Klan and Bloody Sunday helped spur the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Moore died March 11 at the age of 79 of kidney disease and other ailments.

Correction March 17, 2010

We incorrectly said that Charles Moore appeared in a 1995 documentary. The actual date of the documentary is 2005



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