National Center Event April 26

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Chester Higgins, Famed New York Times photojournalist, Speaks at ASU's National Center 

WHAT: Chester Higgins, famed New York Times photojournalist, speaks at ASU's National Center Event.

WHEN: Wednesday (April 26) 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Montgomery Interpretive Center, 1521 Harris Way, on campus. 

By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU 

Alabama State University's National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture (National Center) is hosting a special in-person cultural event on April 26 (Wednesday) that is free and open to the public. The event features Chester Higgins, famed New York Times photojournalist, author, award-winning photographer and Alabama native. 

Higgins will speak at The Montgomery Interpretive Center, located on the campus of Alabama State University, where he will take the audience on a photographic journey along the river Nile, and discuss his most recent publication, The Sacred Nile, explains Je’lon Alexander of ASU's National Center.  

"This work is the culmination of over two-dozen trips to Africa. In the Sacred Nile, Higgins narrates the story of the African beginnings of spirituality, and the antecedents of the Biblical world along the river Nile," Alexander stated. 


Higgins, worked as a photographer for the New York Times from 1975 to 2014. His career has been featured in many popular magazines, including Look, Life, Newsweek and Ebony. He was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in 2022. 

The photographic genius of Higgins has also been captured in a number of publications, including, Black Woman (1970), Feeling the Spirit: Searching the World for the People of Africa (1994), Elder Grace: The Nobility of Aging (2000), and Echo of the Spirit: A Photographer’s Journey (2004). 

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.