NO DOUBLE LIFE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHER ERNEST WITHERS
In the Bluff City, Memphis Tennessee, Ernest Withers' Sons Share the Real Life of their father, a civil rights hero. To this day no one has come forward claiming Ernest Withers informed the FBI on them.
WMC-TV) - The sons of famed civil right photographer Ernest Withers are "lawyered up." They are prepared to defend their father's legacy in a courtroom, if necessary.
Joshua "Billy" and Andrew "Rome" Withers say their father is being mis-portrayed in media reports that claim Ernest Withers doubled as a civil rights photographer and FBI informant.
"What is being portrayed is a 180 degree difference than what we actually know," said Billy.
"Find me one person in the community that he informed on that can come back and say, he set me up," said Rome. "You won't find anybody."Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.
Listen to Dr. Ernest C. Withers Sr. as
His Pictures Tell His Story
"Photography is a collection of memories. One who is trained in photography knows that. Instinctively, people who have an occupation know what they ought to do. You call the fireman to put out the fire; you call the police to solve a police problem; and people who are news people and journalists are collectors and recorders of present evidence, which after a given length of time-days, months, years becomes history." - Ernest C. Withers