When he first saw the photo on the TV news, he thought it had to be a still from a movie. It couldn’t be real.
The year was 1972. Hannibal Lokumbe, a jazz trumpeter and composer, was 23 years old and living in New York.
The photograph — what came to be widely known as “The Girl in the Picture” — shows a 9-year-old Kim Phuc Phan Thi, screaming, running naked, surrounded by other children and South Vietnamese soldiers, her village ablaze in the background after a napalm bombing.
The image evoked such visceral emotion, Lokumbe rose from his seat.