Simpson Trial Black Press Photographer To Tell His Story

The Facebook post below by my Friend Haywood GoldenEagle Galbreath is promoting an interview scheduled for June 12 — the 20th anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman for which O.J. Simpson stood trial and was acquitted — in which he will begin telling his story of that trial.  His story, he says, is “through the eyes and lens of the Black Press photographer who pulled off the biggest media coup of the 20th century as well as most likely the greatest single feat of photojournalist of the 20th century documenting a major news event against all odds.”

I don’t know about all those superlatives, but I can attest to Galbreath’s determination and enterprise and that he was in the courtroom every day of the Simpson trial — the only photographer who was.

He also won fair and square the right to be the only photographer on the official court proceeding that involved the jury visiting Nicole Brown’s condo, which was where the murders occurred, and Simpson’s house, both in Brentwood. That, despite an effort by photographers with the pool news organizations to replace Galbreath with one from their ranks.

How that episode played out is on pages 77 and 78  of my book, Anatomy of a Trial, and is among several mentions of him in the book. I can also say that, without a doubt, he was one of the most evocative members of the media covering that trial.

I hope Galbreath will post links to his interview(s) about his view of the trial and media coverage of it. It will be interesting to view it through his lens. It will also be interesting to see how it compares to my own accounts chronicled in Anatomy.
Here’s Galbreath’s post.
The O.J. Simpson double murder trial through the eyes and lens of a Black Press photographer!
June 12th 2014 marks the 20th year of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Legendary pro football player and sports broadcaster O.J. Simpson was accused and tried for the murders of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
Mr. Simpson on October 3, 1995 was found not guilty of the crimes of murder of his former wife and her friend. That verdict caused a firestorm of criticism for the mainly black jury black Americans had a devastating affect on race relations as well as changed media and the court system as we know it today.
For the past 20 years mainly what you know and have been told about that trial has come from mainstream media. Mainly Caucasian reporters, analysts at a few black Americans who were willing to give mainstream media what they wanted reference how they reported and analyzed what took place in that court room in order to be a part of the system!
Commencing June 12 in my first interview reference the 20 year anniversary I will begin to tell my story! The story through the eyes and lens of the Black Press photographer who pulled off the biggest media coup of the 20th century as well as most likely the greatest single feat of photojournalist of the 20th century documenting a major news event against all odds.
More information to come reference setting the record straight in the days to come.
The Haywood Galbreath Story

 — with Sherita Herring. 

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