Comment à l'automne 1964 une jeune mariée de Baltimore a "presque" serré la main d'un personnage historique et s'est découverte quelques années plus tard sur une photo qui a depuis fait le tour du monde ...

    An article in the Baltimore Sun dated Feb. 6th, 1998 is dedicated to [Fr.: consacré à] Freed’s photo of King's visit to Baltimore on Oct. 31, 1964. Dan Rodricks reports : “Among the Baltimoreans reaching for Martin Luther King Jr.'s hand in Leonard Freed's historic photograph is Katherine "Kat" McCaskill. She was 21 at the time, newly married [Fr.: jeune mariée]. Her husband had a barbershop [Fr.: tenait un salon de coiffure] on Gay Street, and that's where she was headed [Fr.: qu'elle se dirigeait], when she saw a crowd swelling [Fr.: attroupement] and heard people yelling [Fr.: crier], "Martin Luther King!" 

    She joined the crowd and moved toward King's car, a dark convertible [Fr.: décapotable]. The civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, in Baltimore to encourage blacks to vote in the 1964 presidential election, extended his right arm over the trunk [Fr.: leur tendait la main par dessus le coffre de la voiture] and reached for the hands of supporters. […] Kat, in a dark overcoat [Fr.: manteau], an expression of delight [Fr.: plaisir] on her face, has stretched out [Fr.: tendu] her right arm. Her index finger touches the back of King's hand.

    "Right after that I went to my husband's barbershop, and said, 'Guess [Fr.: devine] who I just shook hands with? Martin Luther King!'" She didn't know Leonard Freed had snapped that picture until years later [Fr.: elle n'eut connaissance que bien plus tard du cliché de Freed], when it showed up [Fr.: parut] in a national news magazine with a Magnum Photo credit line [Fr.: avec le copyright de Magnum]. It has been published all over the world since then, since the day Kat McCaskill touched history.

    The photo is shown at MoMA, titled “Baltimore, Maryland: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being greeted [Fr.: accueilli à son retour] upon his return to the United States after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize” (October 31, 1964); that was for his dynamic leadership of the Civil Rights movement and steadfast commitment [Fr.: engagement sans relâche] to achieving racial justice through nonviolent action. King accepted the award on December 10, 1964 in Oslo, Norway.




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