SPJ sponsors Alabama Premiere of Photojournalism Documentary

Less than a month after a late civil rights photojournalist’s double life as an FBI informant was revealed, the University of Alabama chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is re-directing the attention to the positive images that changed the course of history.

Flip Schulke in a photo by Larry Spruill

This Thursday, the work of civil rights photojournalism Flip Schulke will take centerstage at a screening of the award-winning documentary, Stills of the Movement. Schulke, who died in 2008, did more than photograph Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers.

He is credited with pioneering underwater photography, often accompany Jacques Costeau on expeditions.

Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. screening  at the Ferguson Student Center Room 301 will feature Morehouse College history professor and Accomplished Photographer Larry Spruill, who knew Schulke and Rider University Communications Professor Shawn Kildea, who was one of the producers of the documentary “Stills of the Movement.”

This week’s event falls less than two weeks after a (Memphis) Commercial Appeal investigation revealed Photographer Ernest Withers doubled as FBI informant to spy on the civil rights movement.

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George L. Daniels

George L. Daniels is associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. A native of Richmond, Va, Daniels worked in local television news in the RIchmond, Va., Cincinnati, Ohio and Atlanta markets.