By Karrie Shack
Photo: FAMU SJGC
To kick off Black History Month, the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication Knight Chair Speaker Series gave students and the community a glimpse into what its like to document the experiences of civil rights icons, presidents, and celebrities.
World-renowned photojournalist Fred Watkins shared his “Photographic Walk Through History” in FAMU’s own history vault, the Meek-Eaton Black Archives on January 30.
Watkins displayed his work in depth dating back to the early 80’s including collections that included James Brown, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Prince. Watkins told stories about personal relationships he’s developed over the course of his career of nearly three decades, including long-time friend Muhammad Ali.
He’s traveled on Air Force One alongside presidents, from Barack Obama to the late Ronald Reagan; and stood with South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela in the exact cell he spent 27 years in imprisonment.
His work is the ultimate expression of the profound impact of African Americans in every industry.