Greenaway remembers MLK, Jr.

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 6:45pm

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, island resident and photographer Malcolm Greenaway provided The Block Island Times with a photograph of the late civil rights leader and activist.

Greenaway captured the above photograph of King in Manhattan, N.Y. in 1967. The story behind the photograph is explained by Greenaway below.

“I took this picture in 1967. This was the first anti-Vietnam War protest march, and it took place in Manhattan, starting in Central Park and ending at the United Nations. At the very front of the march were crews from the three TV networks along with four or five other photographers. I happened to be one of them. We were shielded from King by a cordon of marshals who began to let us through one at a time. First, there was NBC. Then, the chief marshal pointed at me and said ‘You!’ The marshals parted and I went through. I was about three feet away. I was walking backwards, trying to focus the camera and, at the same time, trying to keep stride with King step-by-step. I managed to get off two quick shots. During the march, I got many more shots of King as well as other celebrities. It was one of the highlights of my life and of my photographic career. One year later, he was dead.”