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." Katherine Knister Zook, Silver State Fair Housing Council, Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Mr. Kleina is able to tell the story about a significant part of the Civil Rights Movement which many people
especially our children are unaware of.
Our partnership with Mr. Kleina has been one of the most successful endeavors of the CCHR.
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 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, Chicago Commission on Human Relations.
"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
and a leader for fair housing." Bob Schultz, The CauseWay Agency, Westport, Connecticut
Installation of the permanent Chicago Freedom Movement Exhibit,
UW School of Law, 02/26/2015.
"Thank you 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 donation has been
an invaluable contribution to our law school community dialogue.
I look forward to generations of students learning from the prints."
Brenda Williams, Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic, Lecturer,
UW School of Law, Seattle, Washington.
"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.
" 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." Rachel Maddow, MSNBC
"What a stunning, thoughtful surprise. Your photos are magnificent
and so very much up my alley, so to speak." Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune.
"You were there and we were thankful." C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Hero