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Giving Voice: Unearthing The Ken Thompson Collection

Interchurch Center 475 Riverside Drive, New York

A politically-engaged photographer, Ken Thompson worked during the 1960s for the General Board of Global Ministries, an organization connected with the United Methodist Church. He traveled throughout the United States to make visible many of the leading social and political issues of his day. Rarely exhibited or published, his photographs provide an eyewitness account of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, voter registration efforts in the South, the United Farm Workers in California, the aftermath of the Watts riot, conditions on the Cheyenne Indian reservation, and anti-poverty and anti-war demonstrations in Washington, D.C.