August 6, 2020
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Chatting the Pictures: Obama Weighs Into 2020 Election on Behalf of John Lewis, Voting Rights

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This photo was taken by Alyssa Pointer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP on July 30, 2020. In the image, Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd after addressing services for the late Rep. John Lewis at the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. In the center is pastor Bernice King, the youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr. The pastor on the left is the Rev. Raphael Warnock who is also a leading Democratic candidate in Georgia for the U.S. Senate. Obama’s speech was as much a eulogy for Lewis as it was a warning and call to action to protect voting rights in the upcoming national election.

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Michael Shaw

An analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics, photojournalism and media literacy, Michael is the founder and publisher of Reading the Pictures.

Cara Finnegan

Cara Finnegan is a writer, photo historian, and professor of Communication at the University of Illinois. She has been affiliated with Reading The Pictures for nearly 15 years, most recently as co-host of Chatting The Pictures. Her latest book is Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital, out with University of Illinois Press in spring 2021.


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