As a photojournalist, Carol Guzy has documented an incredible amount of turmoil, upheaval and human suffering in her long
As a photojournalist, Carol Guzy has documented an incredible amount of turmoil, upheaval and human suffering in her long career—first for the Miami Herald in the early 1980s, and then, beginning in 1988, at The Washington Post, where she was a staff photographer for almost three decades.Along the way, Ms. Guzy racked up some very impressive accolades, chief among them four Pulitzer Prizes for photography. She is one of just four people and the only journalist to have won that many.
There is also, on the wall above his desk, a framed photograph of a white student attacking a black man with the American flag. The picture, taken by Stanley Forman at an anti-busing rally held at Boston’s City Hall Plaza on April 5, 1976, won the Pulitzer Prize for the Boston Herald American spot news photographer.
What follows is the story of the photograph that would come to be titled “The Soiling of Old Glory,” and the story of the man who was attacked with an American flag and had every reason to flee a city viewed as racist, but who remained in the hope that he could make a difference.