Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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"In New York, a policeman attempts to remove a Negro demonstrating against racial discrimination"
  • Robert L. Greger, photographer
    1939–2013
    born: New York, New York, United States ; died: Hyattsville, Maryland, United States
    United Press International, distributor
    founded 1907
  • "In New York, a policeman attempts to remove a Negro demonstrating against racial discrimination", circa 1963
  • "Christmas Crucible," published in Esquire magazine, December 1963
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print, mounted on board
  • Mat Dimensions: 16 x 20 in
  • Gift of Esquire, Inc.
  • On view: Marshall Balcony, 404, S1
  • 1980.0901
Label Text
Exhibitions

Exhibition Label:
"Politics, Race, Celebrity: Photographs from the Esquire Collection", 16-Mar-2019
In “Christmas Crucible,” Esquire paired some of the year’s grim news photographs with Bible verses concerning human suffering, suggesting a hope for a new era that might be forged from the depicted tribulations. This image of police intervening in a protest was taken on July 10, 1963, and documents a policeman removing
a man named Mineral Bramletter from protesting the lack of people of color in the construction industry. Bramletter was a member of the Brooklyn chapter of CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality), a group that worked to create jobs, desegregate housing, and
integrate schools in the community.

Exhibition Label:
"Brosseau Center for Learning: In Conversation with the 2016 KU Common Book", 17-Oct-2016
“On the outside black people controlled nothing, least of all the fate of their bodies, which could be commandeered by the police; which could be erased by the guns which were so profligate; which could be raped, beaten, jailed.” ("Between the World and Me," p. 62)

Mobile App Exhibition Label:
"Politics, Race, Celebrity: Photographs from the Esquire Collection", 16-Mar-2019
In “Christmas Crucible,” Esquire paired some of the year’s grim news photographs with Bible verses concerning human suffering, suggesting a hope for a new era that might be forged from the depicted tribulations. This image of police intervening in a protest was taken on July 10, 1963, and documents a policeman removing
a man named Mineral Bramletter from protesting the lack of people of color in the construction industry. Bramletter was a member of the Brooklyn chapter of CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality), a group that worked to create jobs, desegregate housing, and
integrate schools in the community.