Maurice Sorrell, 84, who captured the history of the civil...


June 25, 1998

Maurice Sorrell, 84, who captured the history of the civil rights movement on film and in 1961 became the first African-American to gain admission to the prestigious White House Photographers Association, died Monday in Washington.

His career spanned nine presidencies, and his work carried him through the South during the height of the civil rights era, where he photographed the march from Montgomery to Selma, Ala., led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

He worked as a news photographer for Johnson Publishing Co. Inc., publisher of Jet and Ebony magazines, in its Washington bureau from 1962 until his retirement in 1993.

Last year, Mr. Sorrell received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the African American Photographers Association. He had been scheduled to deliver this year's award, now named after him, tomorrow.

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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