Milton Williams Photography



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 Row 1. Box 1. Washington D. C. Native American Embassy/ Bureau Of Indian Affairs American Indian Movement (AIM)  Trail of Broken Treaties building takeover. Photo by Milton Williams c. April 1972. "An activist group that has been compared to the black Panthers because of its history of militancy", Emily Langer/ The Washington Post October 22, 2012- Russell Means Bio.

Row 1. Box 2 ."Pan African Day" at Malcolm X Park (Columbia Heights, Washington D. C.). Stokely Carmichael / Quami Toure', the All African People's Revolutionary Party leader speaks to the people. Photo by Milton Williams c. May 19, 1976.

Row 1. Box  3.  I AM THE GREATEST!!! said Muhammad Ali at  the  WBA  55th  Annual  Convention  at  the  Shoreham  Americana  Hotel in  Washington  D. C. as Howard Cossell looks on. Heavyweight  Boxing  Champion  Muhammad Ali, 2/25/64 to 3/22/67 (stripped  of  his  title  by the  WBA  and others  for refusing military service because of his religious beliefs) - 10/ 30/74 to 2/15/78 and 9/15/78 to retirement in 1979 - First heavyweight champion to hold title 3 times in boxing history.  Photo by Milton Williams c. 8.27.1976.

Row 1. Box  4. Singer Donnie Hathaway at the Last Hurrah nightclub performing "Someday We'll Be Free" from his 1973 Extension of a Man album.  Photo by Milton Williams c. 9. 1977.

Row 1. Box  5.  Aretha Franklin.

Row 2. Box  1. Singer Phyllis Hyman and her band performing "Complete Me," from her You Know How to Love Me album, at the Ninth Congressional Black Caucus dinner. Barney Perry is accompanying her on guitar. That evening was the only occasion I had the pleasure of photographing her-or seeing her perform for that matter. I have always liked Phllis Hyman's music. To my mind she was a diva. Photo by Milton Williams c.9.22.1979.

Row 2. Box  2. "When are you coming back to Mississippi", Fannie Lou Hammer asked Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar Evers, as her second husband Walter Williams, looks on. Medgar Evers is buried in section 36 in  Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Virgina. Walk throught the main gate right. Walk to the  first walk way stairs on the right. Walk down the stairs. Sgt. Medgar Evers is buried to your right at the bottom of the stairs. I have visited his gravesite  numerous times over the years when I visited my parents,  Milton & Dorothy Mae Thomas Williams grave sites (36 760 & 36 761), which are about 35 yards south of Sgt. Medgar Evers grave site, on the left facing the same walk way. Most of those times I have found little stones of various size below or on the top of his tomb stone. Tour buses point out his grave site while on sight seeing  tour. Photo by Milton Williams c. 9.1976.

Row 2. Box  3. A reporter questions Gary Indiana Mayor Richard Hatcher, NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks, Urban League Director Vernon Jordan and  Urban Coalition Director H. Carl Holman as they arrived for a undisclosed meeting with President Jimmy Carter at the White House. They left out of a White House side door avoiding the White House Press Pool. Photo by Milton Williams c. 1.13.1978.

Row 2. Box  4.The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) reception for dignitaries after the unveiling of the Mary McLeod  Bethune statute and the parade to the U. S. Capitol building. Pictured l-r  are Corretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Dr Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X -  Hajj Malik El Shabazz; and Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, president of NCNW. Photo by Milton Williams c. 7.10.1974.

Row 2. Box  5.  Tito Puente, the "Mambo King, and singer Celia Cruz and their band performing in Malcolm X park in the Columbia Heights section of Photographer Oggi Ogburn and Historian benjamin Quarles exchanging conversation about history at the Washington, D. C. Photo by Milton Williams c. 9.1985.

Row 3. Box  1. l-r.  Washington D. C. Mayor Walter E. Washington, Corretta Scott King, HUD Sec. Patricia Harris and  Atlanta Ga. Mayor Maynard Jackson. Photo by Milton Williams c. 4.1976.

Row 3. Box  2. Singer Wayne Davis and Stokey Carmichael and others partying. Photo by Milton Williams c. 5.19.1976.

Row 3. Box  3.  Ralph Waldo Petey Greene signing a autograph to my son, Milton Patrick Williams at a World Boxing Association reception for  WBA Heavyweight Champions Muhammad Ali, Floyd Patterson, Jack Demsey, Joe Louis Barrow, Joe Frazier and Jersey Joe Walcott during the 55th annual WBA Convention at the Shoreham Americana Hotel in Washington D. C.  Photo by Milton Williams c. 8.27.1976.

Row 3. Box  4.   l-r.  Alice Allison Dunnigan (1906-1983), the first black female correspondent for Congress and the White House; (Associated Negro News Service); Dr, Michael Winston; Daisy Lee Gatson Bates (1914-1999), was an American Civil Rights leader, journalist, publisher and author who played a leading role in the Little Rock Arkansas intergration crisis of 1957. She was president of the Arkansas State conference of NACCP branches . Dr. William O. Walker was the  Cleveland Call & Post publisher and editor, a black weekly newspaper in Cleveland Ohio. He was the voice for African Americans in Ohio  and was a mighty politcal force in the Republican Party.  (NNPA Week /H. U. Founders Library). Photo by Milton Williams c. March 1978.

Row 3. Box  5. Petey Greene's Washington TV show set. Seated on the right is Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene, host of the popular weekly TV and radio shows, Petey Greene’s Washington; seated next to him is song writer Michael Angelo Graham, who wrote  “In My Diary” which was performed by the Moonglows. Graham was also the Editor-In-Chief of the Washington New Observer, an entertainer; and the host of Oldies But Goodies, a TV  program that  featured The Clovers, The Jewels, and Sonny Till and The Orioles. Standing from left to right are Gloria Thomas, Howard Theater manager; Arthur Wilmer, owner of Wilmer’s Park in Brandywine, Md.; The Clovers, including John Bowie, John Mason, Steve Charles and Harold Lucas; The Jewels, including Sandra Peoples Bears, Margie Clark and Grace Ruffin; the Harmon Bethea trio (Maskman and the Agents); and the famous dancing couple, Flip and Pearl.  August 10, 1979. Photograph by Milton Williams ©.

Row 4. Box  1.  lr.  Photographers  Prentice Pope, Robert Scurlock and James VanDerZee with Dorothy Porter Wesley, HU Moorland Spingarn Center curator. Photo by Milton Williams c. 9.1976.

Row 4. Box  2.  Pookie Hudson (left) and the Spaniels performing "Stormy Weather..."at Howard Theatre. Photo by Milton Williams c. 4.1977.

Row 4. Box  3. Liberia, West Africa 19th President  William Richard Tolbert  ( 1971-1980 ) and Mrs. Victoria A.  Tolbert state visit with D.C. Mayor Walter and Bennetta Washington in the District Building D. C. Council Chambers. " William Tolbert was killed in 1980 in a coup led by Samual K. Doe, who in turn was killed in 1990 shortly after, President Charles Taylor launched a civil war to end Doe's dictatorship.Tolbert, who became president in 1971, was the last descendent of Liberia's founding freed American Slaves to lead the country. By the time he was in power, only 5 percent of Liberian citizens were descended from former slaves. Mrs. Tolbert was imprisoned after her husband assassination and eventually put under house arrest before she was allowed to leave for the United States." Victoria A. Tolbert Obituary, The Washington Post Newspaper, 11.10.1997.  Photograph by Milton Williams  ©  9.1976.

Row 4. Box  4. l-r  John H. Johnson, Founder, Johnson Publishing Company Inc., Cissy Marshall and husband, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Dr. William O. Walker, Cleveland Call & Post publisher and editor.  Photograph by Milton Williams  ©  March 1977.

Roe 4. Box 5.  Nigeria Army General Olusegun Obasanjo, (head of state- 2.13.76 and 12th President of Nigeria  5.29.99 - 5.29.2007) state visit with President Jimmy Carter in the White House Oval Office.  Photograph by Milton Williams  ©  1979. 

Row 5. Box  1.   "The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington:Picturing the Promise" exhibition opening in the National Museum of African American History and Culture Gallery at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C.  Photograph by Milton Williams  © January 28, 2009. 

Row 5. Box  2. Charlene Drew Jarvis, Ph.D., President Southeastern University stands beside a photograph of her father, Dr. Charles R. Drew pictured with the 1922 Dunbar High School basketball championship team at the opening. The 30 x40 photo by Addison Scurlock is on display in the  "The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise" exhibition . "Charles Drew was born on June 3, 1904 in Washington, D.C., the son of Richard and Nora Drew and eldest of five children. Charles was one of those rare individuals who seemed to excel at everything he did and on every level and would go on to become of pioneer in the field of medicine", Black Inventor Online Museum -  .  Photograph by Milton Williams  ©  January 28, 2009.

Row 5 Box 3. Rev. Al Sharpton , founder of the National Action Network, addresses the “Reclaim the Dream” rally at Washington D. C. Dunbar High School commemorating the 47th anniversary of the landmark civil rights gathering  celebrating the impending memorial to Dr. King on the National Mall. An estimated 50,000-75,000 people attended the rally and march to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial site on the mall.  He organized this event in response to Fox talk show host Glen Beck"s “Restoring Honor” rally Photo by Milton Williams c. 8.28.2010.

Row 5 Box 4. (pictured l-r) Artist Julie Dickerson Thompson, photographer Harlee Hoover Little, Jr., photographer Gloria Kirk,  and   Sculpturer Allen Uzikee Nelson. I took this photograph from outside Harlee's studio and gallery space, on my way to photographers Bonita F. Bing and George D. Tolbert's IV's space opening, located next door. I attended Harlee's Celebration of Life today (2.7.2009) at the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University. "Harlee Little joined the Ancestors on January 1, 2009", his Celebration of Life program booklet said. The photographers, artists, writers, poets, friends attended in mass.  His legacy as a photographer is secure.  He was published, locally, nationally and internationally. He mentored others. He was a father to Adeola Little, Jumanne Little and Kobi Little.  He was a lot different things to a lot of people. He was loved by all who knew him. God has blessed his memory.  Photograph by Milton Williams  ©  2007.

Row 5 Box 5. Prince Georges County Md. Harlem Renaissance Festival partiscipents  Photograph by Milton Williams  © 6. 2000. 

Row 6 Box 1."Howard University Special Convocation Honoring His Excellency NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA, past President of the African National Congress, President of the Republic of South Africa" with the conferring of the degree, Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.  Joyce A. Ladner, PH.D., Interim President, presiding.   Photograph by Milton Williams ©. October 7, 1994.

Row 6 Box 2. Colonel Clarence Edwards, thirteenth chief of police for Montgomery County, Maryland. He was appointed chief of police by Montgomery County Executive Neal Potter on September 21, 1991, and served as chief until December 4, 1994.  Colonel Edwards was the first African American county police chief in the history of Maryland. He was the Assistant Commissioner,  Office of Federal Protective Service for the United States General Services Administration.   Photograph by Milton Williams  © December 1, 1994. 

Row 6 Box 3. “WASHINGTON D. C. JUSTICE FOR  JENA 6” rally on U. S. Capitol grounds. Photograph by Milton Williams  © September 20, 2007. 

Row 6 Box 4. EVERYWHERE WITH ROY LEWIS, photography exhibition at the Prince George's County Md. AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM & Cultural Center, Gallery 110 @ the Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722. Roy is a documentary photographer.  He has been a photographer since 1961/49 years. His photography career with Johnson Publishing Company began in 1968. Roy is a Washington, D. C. based photographer whose mission is to document the many facets of the African dispora.  He has documented a variety of events and personalities central to the black experience throught the United States and Africa. His portfolio of images grew to include the honorable Elijah Muhammad, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ella Fitgearld, Betty Shabazz, Sterling Brown, Miles Davis, James Brown, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, John Coltrane, President Barack Obama and other milestone events such as the 1974 Muhammad Ali-George Foreman champion fight in Zaire, Africa, the Million Man March, and the 1990 Nelson Mandela U. S. Tour. He is recognized as a master photographer by his peers. I was the co-exhibiter with Roy Lewis during a Bowie State University, Bowie Md. March 2008 "VisuaI Evidence of History" photography exhibition Amos White gallery .  Professor Clanton Lang was the curator of this exhibition. Roy and I are foundering members of THE EXPOSURE GROUP -WWW.EXPOSUREGROUP.ORG. Photo by Milton Williams c. 8.26.2010.

 Row 6 Box 5. Kayla Little #4,  wins the 100 yard dash heat during the USATF Regional Junior Olympics Championship at the Prince George's County Sports & Learning Complex, Prince Georges County Maryland. Photograph by Milton Williams ©. June 22, 2008.

 Row 7 Box 1. "Parade Thrills..." H. D. Woodson High School drum major Victor Fuller does 360 degree flip during the 25th Anniversary of Brown versus Board of  Education 25th victory march to the U. S. Capitol. Photograph by Milton Williams © May 17, 1979.  

Row 7 Box 2.  Congo Player.  D. C. Black Repertory Theatre. Photograph by Milton Williams © July 1974.

Row 7 Box 3.  Summer Fun.  17th and Euclid Street N. W.  Photograph by Milton Williams © August 1977.

Row 7 Box 4  Teachers & Students.  D. C. School  Photograph by Milton Williams © September 1983.

Row 7 Box 5  . D. C.  Mayor Marian S.  Barry Jr., on 1st Base  Milton Coleman, Washington Post Newspaper reporter, Photograph by Milton Williams © September 1978.

Row 8 Box 1.  Artist Daniel Ruben Wynn pictured in his Washington D. C. Capitol Hill Studio. Wynn's  work have been exhibited in many U. S. art galleries.  He was selected from about 700 American  artists to exhibit in the Center of International Culture in Paris in 1975.  Wynn is a Jacksonville, Florida native and a Howard University graduate. He is a internationally known artist. Photograph by Milton Williams © December 1978.

Row 8 Box 2.   Sylvia Y. Cyrus Executive Director ASALH-The Founders of Black History Month CB Powell Building 525 Bryant Street, Suite C142
Washington, DC 20059 presents Dean Kurt Schmoke, Howard University School of Law February Carter G. Woodson 2008 Luncheon award  as Dr. John Fleming, Director Emeritus, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio and President, Executive Council ASALH looks on. Photograph by Milton Williams  © February, 2008.

Row 8 Box 3.  2010 Association for the Study of African American History (ASALH) 84th Annual Black History Luncheon guest author Deborah Willis, Phd. at the Renaissance Washington D. C. Hotel, Saturday February 20 2010 in honor of Black History month. *Deborah Willis is a contemporary artist, photographer, curator of photography, photographic historian, author, and educator. Her books, Posing beauty: African American images from the 1890s to the present. New York: W. W. Norton.;  Michelle : The First Lady in Photographs and  Black Venus 2010: They Called Her Hottentot. Her books sold out during the conference.  *She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at  Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. * From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Milton Williams c. 2.20.2010.

Row 8 Box 4. Pages 80, Morning, May 17, 1979 book page in MOMENTS IN TIME. The historic reunion of the plaintiffs from the 1954 collectively known as Brown vs. the Board of Education Photo by Milton Williams © May 17, 1979,  and on  Page  81 Parade Thrills! H. D. Woodson High School drum major Victor Fuller does a flip during the victory march to the U. S. Capitol celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Brown vs. the Board of Education.  Photo by Milton Williams ©May 17, 1979.

Row 8 Box 5.  Dr. Chancellor Williams, author The Second Agreement With Hell, (pictured without his glasses at our request, he was blind...) with photographer David Oggi Ogburn at a "The Second Agreement With Hell" booksigning  at a Washington, D. C. book store.  Chancellor self published this book.  It is a hard to find book by Dr. Chancellor Williams. Oggi was Dr. Williams's  eyes and confidente. Photo by Milton Williams © March 26, 1979.

Row 9 Box 1:  United States Air Force honor guard pallbearers carry the flag-draped coffin of U. S. Air Force four Star General Daniel "Chappie" James from an U. S. Air ForceC141 Starlifer airplane at Andrews Air Force Base in Suitland Md. General James was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.  Photo by Milton Williams c. February 26, 1978.

Row 9 Box 2:  General of the Army Omar N. Bradley funeral procession in route on Constitution Avenue N.W. to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington Virginia. Upon his death the five-star rank passed into American history. General Bradley was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Milton Williams c. April 1981.

 Row 9 Box 3:  The 101st U. S. Army airborne paratroopers parachute from a C141 military cargo plane at Camp AP Hill in Virginia during military exercises. Photo by Milton Williams c. February 26, 1978.

Row 9 Box 4:  Trainer Dave Jacobs watches WBC Welterweight Boxing Champion Sugar Ray Leonard beat on a punching bag in training camp where he was preparing for the Davy Greene fight. Ray knocked Greene out in the 4th round with a left hook and retained WBC Welterweight Title. The way Greene hit the canvas, leads me and others to believe that he never saw the punch coming and he was out cold  before he hit the canvas. The fight took place on March 31, 1980 at the Caps Center in Landover, MD. Leonard grew up in Palmer Park Md., about 2.5 miles from the Cap Center. Davy Greene probably still has a headache.  Photo by Milton Williams c. March 27, 1978.

Row 9 Box 5:  Pictured left to right: Civil Rights photographer Charles Moore, photographer Milton Williams and Civil Rights photographer Ernest C. Withers." Many historians have credited Charles Moore's photography of the civil rights movement with shifting the national mood in favor of equality for all Americans. His most famous images, including the Freedom Marchers, Birmingham demonstrators and police, and Martin Luther King Jr.  Moore, whose civil rights photos were published in Life magazine, can be seen in his book, Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore." (MuseumSpot > Civil Rights Photography)". Milton Williams has photographed American Life for over 38 years. Milton is the author of MOMENTS IN TIME, Photographs and text by Milton Williams, 1973 - 1993, published in 1996 by Winston-Derek Publishers Group Inc. of Nashville Tennessee.  The theme of this book was historical American life experiences in Washington D. C. and metropolitan areas and Raleigh N. C. The book is currently out of print. His 1980 James Brown photograph was published in: Let Your Motto Be Resistance, 100 African American Portraits, Smithsonian Books, (ISBN 978-1-58834-246-1,) in 2007 and is currently part of the travelling Exhibition.  "Ernest C. Withers photographs are considered some of the most iconic and enduring images from the decade, including photographs of Martin Luther King Jr. riding one of the first desegregated buses in Montgomery, and black sanitation workers carrying “I Am a Man” signs in Memphis. He was also in King’s room in the Lorraine Hotel on the night King was assassinated." His photograph of Emmitt Till in his casket was published in JET in 1955. A museum named after him is scheduled to open on Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee February 2012. (New York 2010/09/14) Photo by Jason Miccolo Johnson c. 10.1996.

Row 10 Box 1:  On Wednesday June 23, 2010 I visited my maternal grandmother
Hattie Thomas and her sons, my uncle's Bruce and Adrian Thomas grave sites at the National Harmony Memorial Park in Landover Md. Recently Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, who was the designer and seamstress for President Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary;  unmarked 50 year old grave site was located and a tomb stone was put on her grave site located in section COSTIN lot 115, Grave 7 at the National Harmony Memorial Park in Landover Md.   I visited her grave site also. I began looking for related era graves. To my surprise, I discovered three other very important marked grave sites worthy of mention on Veterans Day 2010 over to the left of Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley's grave. They where:  1. Thomas R. Hawkins (1840 – 1870) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm.  2. Osborne Perry Anderson (1830–1871) was an African-American abolitionist and the only surviving African-American member of John Brown'sraid on Harper's Ferry, and later a soldier in the Union army of the American Civil War.   3. Christian Abraham Fleetwood (July 21, 1840–September 28, 1914), was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army, an editor, a musician, and a government official. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Civil War. (  Read Washington Post story at  Photo by Milton Williams c. 6.23.2010

Row 10 Box 2:   Joseph Daniel Clipper, portrait artist, pictured, photographed by me in his studio office 17 years ago.   Clipper is known as the $15,000.00 portrait man by his peers and his customers. His framed portrait photo's measure  40 x 60 inches with  7 inche thick frames. His recent portrait of the late Ben Ali, owner Ben's Chili Bowl on U. Street in  Washington D. C. was just unveiled next door to Ben's Chili Bowl in the Lincoln Theatre. He has photographed numerous people of note at Howard University and in the city at large. He is the man!   Photo by Milton Williams c. 6. 1994.

Row 10 Box 3:  Photographer David "Oggi" Ogburn and historian Benjamin Quarles, Phd. talk history during the African American History festival in Harpers Ferry, West Va. Oggi was historian Dr. Chancellor Williams's  eyes and confidente. Books by Benjamin Quarles -  Frederick Douglass (1948) / The Negro in the Civil War  (1953) /   The Negro in the American Revolution, (1961) Lincoln and the Negro (1962)  /  The Negro in the Making of America (1964)  /  Black Abolitionists (1969) Allies for Freedom and Blacks on John Brown (1974) / Black Mosaic: Essays in Afro-American History and Historiography (1988). Photograph by Milton Williams  ©  July 1976.

Row 10 Box 4:  Photographer David "Oggi" Ogburn presents OGGI OGBURN'S BIG LUKE'S 14 STREET slide show and photo exhibition at BUSBOYS & POETS, 2021 14th  Street N. W. Washington , D. C.  Oggi, a self taught photographer, has focused his lens on political leaders, world personalities and socially important human beings including Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Chancellor Williams and Coretta Scott King for over forty years. He is known as the entertainment photographer who has photographed iconic stars such as Michael Jackson, Tina Turner and others.   Photo by Milton Williams c. 2.8.2011.

Row 10 Box 5. Dr. Carter G. Woodson's Washington D. C. home is designated a United States National Historic Landmark.  Dr. Woodson was the father of Black History Week, now Black History Month. Ms. Willie Miles and Ms. Nerissa L. Milton unviel the commemorative plaque as the executive director of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, Dr. Rupert J. Picott (center, on the stiars), and others look on. Photo by Milton Williams c. October 16, 1977.