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Photographer Bob Adelman found himself on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial eight feet away from Dr. Martin Luther King. ...
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SHOTLIST:AP Television - Clients OnlyNew York, New York August 25, 20131. SOUNDBITE: Bob Adelman, Civil Rights Movement Photographer:"I didn't have any press credentials. The press was kept in a separate area. So I, because I knew a lot of people in the movement I just kind of insinuated my way up the steps. And, I was probably seven or eight feet from Doc when he gave the speech. KING FAMILY ESTATE - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC 28 August, 2013MUST COURTESY: King Estate(NOTE: COPYRIGHT PERMISSION GRANTED BY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES MANAGEMENT, ATLANTA, GEORGIA, AS MANAGER OF THE KIND ESTATE)NO ARCHIVE / NO LIBRARY - MAY NOT BE EXCERPTED 2. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Martin Luther King:"America has given the negro people a bad check. A check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.' (applause)3. SOUNDBITE: Bob Adelman, Civil Rights Movement Photographer:"Like a great musician, really, to sound those great chords that resonate in all of us, and people started cheering and applauding and the also were listening very intently.KING FAMILY ESTATE - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC 28 August, 2013MUST COURTESY: King Estate(NOTE: COPYRIGHT PERMISSION GRANTED BY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES MANAGEMENT, ATLANTA, GEORGIA, AS MANAGER OF THE KIND ESTATE)NO ARCHIVE / NO LIBRARY - MAY NOT BE EXCERPTED 4. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Martin Luther King:"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed, 'we hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal.'"5. SOUNDBITE: Bob Adelman, Civil Rights Movement Photographer:"Of course, I took the picture of him saying free at last, free at last. I was shooting and his arm was extended and I caught that moment. In the shadow of Lincoln, the Lincoln Memorial and Lincoln's visage there, I said to myself, 'we didn't know before this how it was all going to turn out,' but after he spoke, I said to myself, 'his truth is marching on.'STORYLINE:Fifty years ago photographer Bob Adelman volunteered to be the photographer for the civil rights organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.In that capacity, Adelman photographed all over the south in 1963 including Birmingham, Alabama.On August 28th he found himself in Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington leadership.He started "snapping" away and his images are some of the most profound and poignant of that day.(***END***)