Howell Raines Honors the Memory of Photographer Spider Martin

Before joining the Times in 1978, the former executive editor published an oral history of the civil rights era.

When The Independent compiled some of David Carr’s “Greatest Quotes,” they sourced a “Media Equation” column for which the late reporter wrote this:

Jayson Blair was a friend of mine. I watched Howell Raines fly into a mountain from a very close distance. I saw the newspaper almost tip over when the print business plunged and the company had to borrow money at exorbitant rates from a Mexican billionaire…

Tomorrow night, former NYT executive editor Raines, an Alabama native, will be speaking in Selma at a free event focused on the civil rights era. From an item in the Montgomery Advertiser:

In 1977, Raines published a book titled My Soul Is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered, which serves as an oral history of the civil rights era. “It is a seminal book on first-person interviews,” said Martha Lockett, executive director of Carneal ArtsRevive [where the event is being held].

Lockett said the discussion is the second and final event in a series dedicated to the Spider Martin Retrospective, an exhibit of the pictures taken by The Birmingham News photographer during the Selma-to-Montgomery march and other civil rights protests.

The first discussion was held last week and featured Don Brown, an instructor at the University of Alabama who worked as a reporter covering the civil rights movement in Alabama during the 1960s, as well as Larry Spruill, author of Southern Exposure: Photojournalism and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968.

Speaking of Raines, earlier this month, the University of Alabama’s department of journalism and College of Communication and Information Sciences presented Alabama writer Frank Sikora with the 2014 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing. The award was previously won by Raines, who was at the Times starting in 1978 and served as executive editor from 2001 to 2003.

Martin passed away in 2003.

[Photo courtesy: artsrevive.com]