My Q&A with Clarence Davis, the NY Daily News’ first black photojournalist

Clarence Davis with Camera

“In 1968, I was still working as a social worker and taking classes at Columbia University. At the time, the black students held a demonstration because they were not allowed to have black history classes at the university. They held a sit-in in Hamilton Hall, and I crawled through a window and locked myself in with the students for a couple of days. I took pictures and sold them to the New York Times, and that was the first time I was ever published. They were covering the story and running my pictures every day, and I even made the cover a few times. I sold all of those photos for something like maybe $75 or $85.” – See more at:

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