Dallasblack.com: Girl in Historic March on Washington Photo Identified
Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Girl in Historic March on Washington Photo Identified

By: BET

Girl in Historic March on Washington Photo Identified
Can you image seeing a photo of yourself taken 48 years ago on a Black History Month calendar alongside images of Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Dr. King and Jesse Owens? That’s exactly what happened to Edith Lee-Payne of Detroit, Michigan.



 

It wasn’t until Lee-Payne, 60, recently received a phone call from her cousin that she found out a picture of herself at 12 years old was among several well-known faces in Black history.

 

The then-pre-teen had attended the March on Washington with her mother on her 12th birthday in 1963. A sad, but hopeful, face stared with intent eyes while holding a flag at the rally. Since that day, Lee-Payne’s image has been replicated in textbooks, calendars and is currently on a National Park Service brochure given to visitors to the King Memorial in Washington, D.C. The original image is stored in the National Archives, where, for decades, its caption identified the girl simply as a “young child in March on Washington.”

 

"It's very humbling and very overwhelming still to know that my face is associated with the historic March on Washington and with Dr. King, and that it has touched so many people,” Lee-Payne told the Detroit Free Press.

 

Today, Lee-Payne serves as a community activist who continues to turn the dreams of Dr. King into a reality. She often attends city government meetings and speaks on behalf of Detroiters advocating for stronger safety measures, better public transportation and other city improvements. She is also one of the 28 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed last year urging that Michigan’s emergency manager law be declared unconstitutional on the grounds that it nullifies the votes of local people.

 

After learning of her widely publicized image, Lee-Payne was recently the featured speaker during a Black History Month program at the Detroit School of Arts, a high school where one of her eight grandchildren is a freshman.

 

"Students need to understand, they can be making history at any given moment at any given time," Principal Rita Davis said.

Join Our Weekly
Or Daily Newsletters!
64x64

Comments

Recommended Articles

Latest Photos

View All Photos

Photogallery Image
Cowboys Vs. Saints Watch Party @ Ten Ele...
Photogallery Image
#thelife Saturdays @ The Red Room 9.27.1...
Photogallery Image
#thelife Saturdays @ The Red Room 9.20.1...
Photogallery Image
Mayweather Fight Party @ AZURE 9.13.14

Featured Events

SAT, OCT 11TH 2014
Special Events

Men's 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament - $1000 Cash Prize

Life Time Fitness
SUN, OCT 5TH 2014
Parties/ Happy Hours

Drinks & Drums

Heroes Lounge
WED, OCT 15TH 2014
Parties/ Happy Hours

Glam Galore Holiday Shopping Party

Bob Duncan Center
FRI, OCT 3RD 2014
Parties/ Happy Hours

GOOD FRIDAYS

Red Room
All Events