RIP Julius Lester (1/27/39 - 1/18/18) died peacefully today.
I don’t know much about his recent life except that he was a regular columnist at the Guardian for many years. He was also a musician who made several recordings I’ve not heard.
But I do remember his bravery and skill as a SNCC photographer recording the heady days in Mississippi and other parts of the Deep South. He had a gift for capturing ‘local people’ in a photo that spoke volumes to everyone.
He also wrote books, and the only one I am familiar with is To Be A Slave where he had gathered stories told by the last living slaves in their own words.