Robert Houston documented the Civil Rights movement with photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others. Portrait by J.M. Giordano.
Great songs can mean different things to different people. And hearing Robert Houston, who photographed many of the luminaries of the Civil Rights movement, read the lyrics to Wye Oak’s song “Logic of Color” gives the song a stark new perspective.
Houston is one of several subjects of “Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power,” an exhibit by J.M. Giordano at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture. (Giordano is hosting a gallery walk at noon Saturday.)
It was a cold reading — Houston hadn’t listened to the original song beforehand.
“When I first read it, I was filled with questions,” he said. “Which way is this going to go?”
Here is Houston’s reading: