Cecil J. Williams

Cecil Williams drinking from a water fountain labeled Whites Only

Cecil J. Williams stops at a filling station, closed at the time, and rinks from a "WHITE ONLY" water fountain. Image caputred by Rendall Harper. National Endowment For The Humanities.

(1937-) Cecil J. Williams’ photographic images of the civil rights movement provided one of the most comprehensive collections of the era. 

By age 15 Cecil was working as a professional and freelance photographer for such publications as Jet, the Afro-American, and the Pittsburgh Courier, and a stringer for the Associated Press.  Today he is lauded as one of the country’s most accomplished photographers of the Civil Rights era.