New & Notable: Images from the March on Washington

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Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the March on Washington by Kitty Kelley Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99

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Author Kitty Kelley has had plenty of success with her titillating celebrity biographies, tackling everyone from Jackie O. to Oprah. Her last five were No. 1 bestsellers, including The Royals in 1997 and The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty in 2004.

Her decades-long friendship with longtime Washington photojournalist Stanley Tretick yielded a locker filled with keepsake photos that he bequeathed to Kelley when he died in 1999 at age 77. In 2012, she offered Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys along with her essay on the first family.

Now, Kelley has revisited her Tretick files for a visual chronicle of a seminal moment in U.S. history: Let Freedom Ring: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the March on Washington. The book, which features more than 100 never-before-published photographs, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the civil rights demonstration by more than 250,000 people at the National Mall on Aug. 28, 1963.

Tretick’s lens captured the events as they unfolded with candid photos of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. as he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech and the faces of the thousands of marchers, from activists to ordinary people. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Children’s Defense Fund.

— Celeste Williams

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