Original photograph of Gladys Knight and the Pips in performance, 1974

Gladys Knight (subject)

N.p. N.p., 1974. Vintage photograph of Gladys Knight and the Pips performing for a group of young children in front of English Avenue Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia, for the 1974 television special "Midnight Train to Georgia."

The English Avenue School was bombed in December 1960, the result of years of tension after the school’s racial designation was changed from white to Black over a decade earlier. No one faced charges for the bombing, prompting African American community leaders to demand action from government officials, and push even more openly for desegregation. The event would become an early touchstone in the city's then-burgeoning Civil Rights Movement.

Gladys Knight, who was born in Atlanta, grew up on English Avenue, and attended the elementary school as a child.

8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

[Book #154247]