Here is what people have said about Mr. Kleina's photography exhibit:
"These photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago in 1966 are some of the first color
photographs that the world saw of Dr. King. Mr. Kleina captured one of the most violent missions Dr. King
undertook, and it wasn't in the Deep South. Kleina is a Civil Rights photographer, but this show in
particular is some of his best, marking the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement." The
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
The photographs are important in part, because, "They really talk about a moment that has been lost in a
lot of conversations around civil rights." Rhea Combs, Photography Curator Museum of African
American History and Culture, Washington, DC.
"We have had the honor of sponsoring this exhibit multiple times in our state. The photographs are moving, infuriating, heartbreaking, and unforgettable. This unique look at 'history' speaks to the very issues driving fair housing and human rights movements today. The photos alone inspire reflection. But it is Bernie Kleina's quiet, often ironic, testimonial to those turbulent days that compels us to continue to confront injustice where we find it." Kate Knister Zook, Silver State Fair Housing Council.
"Mr. Kleina is able to tell the story about a significant part of the Civil Rights Movement which many people outside of Chicago are unaware of. Most importantly, his work has been instrumental in sharing our history with our chilcren whose only knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement is Dr. King's historic March on Washington." "Our partnership with Mr. Kleina has been one of the most successful endeavors the CCHR has participated in over the past several years. His work is intimately tied to our mission, and serves as a reminder and source of motivation for our staff that we must continue to strive to do our best to help Chicago become a city free from discrimination and hate, in which all persons can live in freedom and mutual respect." Mona Noriega, Chair and Commissioner, Chicago Commission on Human Relations.
February 26, 2015. Installation of Permanent Chicago Freedom Movement Exhibit, University of Washington School of Law. "I wanted to personally thank you as well for your time in coming to UW Law and for sharing your insights and experiences with our students. Photography is essential in keeping history alive for those that weren't here to experience it firsthand. Your contribution has been an invaluable contribution to our law school community dialogue and I look forward to generations of students learning from the prints." Brenda Williams, Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic, Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law
Northwestern School of Law: "We are very grateful for your symposium. We recognize the significant effort that was required for the preparation of your presentation, and the event was truly extraordinary because your photos brought it to life. Through your photos, you were able to reach a large and diverse audience with a message of perseverance and courage in the face of injustice. We are truly honored to have had you as our distinguished guest during this unprecedented gathering. Thank you for generously contributing your beautiful work."
Michele Gates Moresi, Curator of Collections, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, "Your Chicago Freedom Movement photographs are gripping and beautiful photographs of the struggle in Chicago. We will be delignted to have and use them in the Museum's collection."
Bob Schultz, The CauseWay Agency, Westport, Connecticut, "Bernie has an amazing eye and captures some of the most stirring images that I have ever seen. He is more than just a talented photographer--he is one of the best photojournalists of our time. His photographs have greatly enhanced our work. On top of this, he is a most thoughtful and caring individual and a leader for fair housing."
C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Hero, "You were there and we were thankful."
Rhine McLin, Mayor, Dayton, OH, "The pictures were heart moving and soul stirring."
Georgette Norman, Curator, Rosa Parks Museum, "There is no better time to display Kleina's
art than during [April] Fair Housing Month. His work depicts the mean spiritedness of people and the lengths they will go to show it. As a result, I often go through a period of numbness when looking at his work, that way I don't have to allow myself to feel the pain."
Mary McCarty, Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News, "The photos are a national treasure. Kleina's photos are unusual in that they are all shot in color. While the more typical black-and-white photos of King and his movement have a moving documentary feel, these photographs make you feel as ifyou are there in the moment."
Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, " ... your amazing collection of photos of Dr. King and the Chicago Freedom Movement has totally bowled me over ... thank you [also] for your life-long work for justice."
"Bernie's stories have enormous relevance today as we confront gun violence, police brutality, and
enduring segregation and economic inequality." Amy Moore, Evanston Township High School.
"What a stunning, thoughtful surprise. Your photos are magnificent and so very much up my alley, so to
speak." Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune.