Listen to Nelson Mandela’s response to a very condescending question put to him in 1961 by ITN reporter Brian Widlake: “Are there many educated South Africans in South Africa?”
"Yes, we have a large number of Africans who are educated and who are taking part in the political struggles of the AFrican people. The question of education has nothing to do with the question of the vote. On numerous occasions it has been proven in history that people can enjoy the vote, of course we desire education and we think it’s a good thing. But you don’t have to have education in order to know you want certain fundamental rights, you have got aspirations, you have got claims, it has nothing to do education.
Louis Draper, Plucked From Obscurity
By John Edwin Mason
Until recently, histories of photography would have ignored Louis H. Draper — not because of the quality of his photographs, but because of the color of his skin. With the exception of Gordon Parks, African-Americans were mostly glossed over or excluded altogether.
But over the last 25 years, a new generation of historians and curators have worked to pluck from obscurity photographers who were marginalized because of color, gender, geography or class. Those efforts were often thwarted by the loss of photographers’ papers and prints. Luckily, Mr. Draper had preserved an archive, and in recent years, his work has risen in visibility and esteem. [Continue reading at the New York Times.]