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Michael S. Durham
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(June 26, 1935- ) Born Michael Schelling Durham in New York City. Graduated from Harvard College in 1957. After two years in the U.S. Army took job as reporter for Gloucester (Massachusetts) Daily Times. Joined staff of Life magazine in 1961. In April 1963 was arrested and jailed with photographer Charles Moore while covering demonstrations in Birmingham. Also reported on murder of civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and Mississippi voter registration campaigns. Was correspondent in Life's Paris bureau (1965-69) and a Life editor, based in New York City; later edited Americana magazine (1973-87) and worked as freelance writer. Currently lives in De Lancey, New York, and serves as an educator for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County. His books include Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photographs of Charles Moore (1991); two volumes in the Smithsonian Guide to Historic America series; The Miracles of Mary (1995) and Desert Between the Mountains (1997).