The story of Civil Rights Activist Mamie King-Chalmers, and her struggle to reclaim her rightful place in history after another woman had gained fame and fortune by claiming to be her in an iconic photograph for almost twenty years. A book “Her Stolen Pride” was written by Mrs. Chalmers daughter, Lasuria Allman, in 2014.
‘s an iconic photo from the early days of the civil rights movement: An unidentified woman and two men are blasted by a fire hose in 1963 Alabama.
A Birmingham, Ala., minister has long said she is the woman in the picture, saying so on “Oprah,” CNN, in books, newspaper interviews and speeches across the country.
But a Detroit woman, Mamie Chalmers, recently contacted The Detroit News to say she is the person in the photo. Three people who participated in the demonstration where the picture was taken support her contention.
Confronted by The News with this information Sunday, the minister, Carolyn McKinstry, 65, backed off her claim.
Watch Ms. Chalmers give her take on the Civil Rights movement below: