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    Campus & Community

    Capturing the life of a leader in photos

    By Briscoe Center for American History
    Published: Jan. 13, 2012

    The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin is home to the Flip Schulke Photographic Archive, one of the most historically important collections documenting the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

    A close friend of Martin Luther King Jr. throughout this pivotal era, Schulke eventually compiled the largest known single archive of images of Dr. King and his family. Donated to the university’s Briscoe Center in 1999, Schulke’s photographs not only show King at public events, but also provide a candid view of his daily life, with many images never before seen by the public. Schulke’s photographs have another tie to the university campus, as the statue of Dr. King on East Mall is modeled after one of his images.

    Schulke’s 10,000 photographs of the civil rights era are part of larger collection of 300,000 original images, including acclaimed photographs of Jacques Cousteau, Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali and the space program. To learn more about the Flip Schulke Photographic Archive and see more images from the collection, see the collection’s finding aid and the Briscoe Center’s digital database.

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    The 18th annual community march celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. will begin with a rally at the Martin Luther King Jr. Statue on the university’s East Mall at 9 a.m. on Jan. 16. More information about the celebration is online.

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      Amy Bowman said on Jan. 23, 2012 at 2:04 p.m.
      Hi, Noel--I'm the photo archivist at the Briscoe. I'd need to confirm this with the statue's artists, Jeffrey and Anna-Koh Varilla, but I believe that this is the photograph they used: http://www.cah.utexas.edu/db/dmr/image_lg.php?variable=e_fs_2143_IMG0008. In addition, one of panels on the statue's pedestal features a Schulke image of Coretta Scott King at her husband's funeral: http://www.cah.utexas.edu/db/dmr/image_lg.php?variable=e_fs_3597_IMG0032.
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      Susan Threadgill said on Jan. 18, 2012 at 9:58 a.m.
      I appreciate the information in this article. One small correction: the statue of Dr. King is located on the East Mall, not the South.
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        Samantha Youngblood said on Jan. 19, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.
        Susan, Great catch! The story has been corrected to reflect that the Martin Luther King Jr. statue is on the East Mall. — Samantha Youngblood, University Communications
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      Noel said on Jan. 16, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.
      Which photo is the statue modeled after?
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      John said on Jan. 13, 2012 at 9:42 p.m.
      I recently read an article about Dr. James Cameron who was a lynching survivor. This portrait reminded me of that story as I think about everything Dr. King went through in his life.
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