And I Said No Lord: A Twenty-One-Year-Old in Mississippi in 1964 by Joel KatzAnd I Said No Lord: A Twenty-One-Year-Old in Mississippi in 1964 by Joel Katz

And I Said No Lord: A Twenty-One-Year-Old in Mississippi in 1964

byJoel Katz

Hardcover | May 15, 2014

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In And I Said No Lord, photographer and writer Joel Katz presents a pictorial chronicle of his travels through the shifting islands of fear and loss, freedom and deliverance that was segregated Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

In June 1964, college student Joel Katz boarded a Greyhound bus in Hartford, Connecticut, for Jackson, Mississippi. He carried few possessions-a small bag of clothes, a written invitation to call on Frank Barber, who was special assistant to Governor Paul Johnson, and a Honeywell Pentax H1-A camera with three lenses.

A few days after his arrival in Jackson, the city's Daily News ran on its front page an FBI alert seeking Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner, three field workers from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) who'd gone missing while investigating a church burning in Neshoba County.

In the uneasy silence of their disappearance, Katz began a seven-week journey across the state. Along the way, he met the people of Mississippi, black and white, of all ages and classes, from the humble to the grand. These Mississippians encouraged or obstructed change in their traditional culture or simply observed the edifice of that culture tremble and fall.

During 1964's Freedom Summer, Katz met ministers making history and journalists writing it. He photographed Martin Luther King Jr. and James Abernathy, taught at a freedom school, interviewed a leader of the White Citizens Councils, was harassed by Jackson police, and escaped death in Vicksburg. Six weeks after Katz arrived in Mississippi, the FBI found the bodies of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner in an earthen dam.

Inspired by the social documentary photographs of Walker Evans and Robert Frank, Katz snapped hauntingly quotidian photos on his Pentax camera. Amid acts of brutal savagery and transcendent courage that transfixed the nation, Katz discovered resilient individuals living quiet lives worthy of witness. And I Said No Lord is a moving and luminous record of Americans in evolution.
Joel Katz is an information designer, photographer, author, and teacher. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, he was a winner of the Rome Prize for 2002–2003 and named a Fellow of AIGA Philadelphia in 2002. He lectures widely, both in the United States and in Europe, and teaches information design at The University of the Arts. Ka...
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Title:And I Said No Lord: A Twenty-One-Year-Old in Mississippi in 1964Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 7.5 × 8.82 × 0.74 inPublished:May 15, 2014Publisher:University of Alabama PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081731833X

ISBN - 13:9780817318338

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"Joel Katz's searing and stark photographs and poignant prose take us back to another time and place to make something he will not let us forget: 1964's Freedom Summer and the Jim Crow South still cast in black and white. Katz looks at southern people and the places that mattered to them and captures their very soul. He does so with a rare ability to respect their dignity and integrity, without necessarily endorsing their purposes. And I Said No Lord is highly personal, which also makes it highly pertinent and potent, for it shows how one can find oneself by learning to know others. The genius and beauty of Katz's book lies not only in what it reveals but also in what it demands. It cuts to the quick of one's consciousness and conscience about matters of race, power, place, and moral obligation. It makes us see. It is a book, like Walker Evans's images, that will stay with anyone who dares to seek the truth." -Randall M. Miller, author of "Dear Master": Letters of a Slave Family