. . . Featuring Historic Photos by History Making Photojournalist Haywood Galbreath
Los Angeles, CA -- The Museum of African American Art (MAAA) will host a reception on Sunday, April 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., celebrating the launch of "My Choice of Weapons Through the Lens -- History and Moments Captured," an exhibit featuring the historic images of Los Angeles photojournalist, Haywood Galbreath. The reception is free and open to the public.
Galbreath will share photos from his stellar 29-year career as a photo journalist, highlighted by assignments to cover five United States Presidents and excusive behind-the-scenes courtroom photos from the OJ Simpson "Trial of the Century."
A native of Kentucky, Galbreath has earned the reputation as one of the top history-making Black news photographers of the 20th Century. In 1994, he formed HG-STAR1 News, a fully African-American owned and operated news photo service, which provided quality images to over 205 media outlets who were members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
Because of his push for equality for members of the African American media and efforts to set the standard for photojournalism, Galbreath gained the rights to more access to cover the biggest criminal trial in history of the U.S. Galbreath also had the privilege to serve as one of President Barack Obama's official photographers during his 2008 campaign.
Galbreath has covered some of the biggest news events the history of Los Angeles, including Nelson Mandela's first visit to the city, NFL Super Bowls, NBA Championships, Emmys, Oscars, earthquakes and the 1992 civil unrest.
Outside of his accomplishments as a history-making photojournalist, Galbreath is an advocate for young journalists of color. He is the founder and executive director of the Minority Photo Journalism Institute, a community-based non-profit organization that encourages youth to pursue professions in the field of journalism.
Established as a nonprofit museum in 1976, the museum is believed to be the only MAAA museum of its kind in the nation. The Palmer Hayden Collection, highlighting the life and work of one of the leading artists of the Harlem Renaissance, is a central part of the permanent collection at MAAA.
The MAAA is located on the third floor of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 4005 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles. For more information, visit http://www.maaala.org/haywoodgalbreath.html. To reach the MPJI visit http://www.mpji.org/.