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  • UNDATED: A century ago, schools were built to teach children to read and write, today, they also are expected to help solve one of the urban north's acute problems segregation by neighborhood.
  • MONTCOMERY, ALA.: Martin Luther King (third form right) leads giant march of Negro and White Civil rights demonstrators here 3/17 to the Montgomery county courthouse to demand an apology for 3/16 use of clubs and horses to break up a racial demonstration.
  • MONTGOMERY, ALA.: Racial demonstrators fall over themselves in effort to flee club- swinging mounted sheriff's deputies who moved in to break up their demonstration here 3/16. Fourteen demonstrators were injured in he resulting melee.
  • The Negro movement against segregated lunch counters in dime stores has spread throughout North Carolina. This picture shows two Negro students from St.Augustine College in Raleigh as they are ignored by waitresses who have taken seats behind counter at left.
  • A group of civil rights demonstrators are shown picket! before the Capitol steps,hero 3/2#The group is protesting police tactics during anti-segregation
demonstrations in the small Eastern Shore town of Princess Anne last week.
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  • James Meredith (right) pulls himself to cover against a parker car after he was shot during his civil rights march to Jackson. Miss. Monday afternoon. Other marchers and newsmen take cover behind car at left.
  • Meredith Lies Wounded--James Meredith lies on the side of Highway 51 in his blood-stained shirt after he was shot today during his march to Jackson, Miss. Unidentified officers are Havering over his body.
  • Boston Marchers, Enroute to Washington, Eat in Baltimore
L. to r., T. McKay, J. Scott, Boston; Fr. Lafon, Leominster; L.Lan, Everett; J. Roger, Cambridge
  • Eyes On The Prize: America's Civil rights years 1954-1965, premieres with "Awakenings 1954-1956," airing Wednesday, January 21 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). Shown, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alabama, bus boycott in 1955-1956. Eyes on the Prize is produced by Blackside, Inc. and presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.
  • Pennsylvania Marchers--Western Pennsylvania civil rights demonstrators today follow sign-carrying leaders on their way to the Washington Monument headquarters of the March on Washington. In background is the Capitol. 1963
  • Singing Session--National Association for the advancement of Colored people group from Wilmington, N.C., sing in the street near the Washington Monument grounds today after their arrival to participate in the March on Washington.
  • Josef-Miet, Polish freedom fighter, carrying an anti-King banner is surrounded for his own safety by Parade Marshalls. Dr. Martin Luther King will be leading a march from Roxbury section of Boston to the common 4/23.
  • 4/20/1967 - Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights Marches
  • 1965 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Singing
"King leads the singing of We Shall Overcome after eulogizing a slain civil rights crusader, the Reverend James Reeb, Brown Chapel, Selma, Alabama. 1965 "
  • 12/10/1964 - American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
  • 1966 - Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta march together along a rural Mississippi road with the March Against Fear.
  • 1963 - Martin Luther King Being Arrested in Birmingham
  • 3/30/1965 - Teamsters Union President James R. Hoffa (left) presents a $25,000 check to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., to aid in his civil rights battle. The check, a gift of the Teamsters Union, was presented to King in the funeral home where the body of civil rights worker Mrs. Viola Liuzzo awaited funeral services.
  • 1955 - The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is shown speaking to an overflow crowd at a mass meeting at the Holt Street Baptist Church. King, leader of the mass bus boycott, was found guilty March 22, 1956 of conspiracy in the Montgomery bus boycott. He was fined $500. King said the boycott of city buses will continue "no matter how many times they convict me."

  • UNDATED: A century ago, schools were built to teach children to read and write, today, they also are expected to help solve one of the urban north's acute problems segregation by neighborhood.
  • MONTCOMERY, ALA.: Martin Luther King (third form right) leads giant march of Negro and White Civil rights demonstrators here 3/17 to the Montgomery county courthouse to demand an apology for 3/16 use of clubs and horses to break up a racial demonstration.
  • MONTGOMERY, ALA.: Racial demonstrators fall over themselves in effort to flee club- swinging mounted sheriff's deputies who moved in to break up their demonstration here 3/16. Fourteen demonstrators were injured in he resulting melee.
  • The Negro movement against segregated lunch counters in dime stores has spread throughout North Carolina. This picture shows two Negro students from St.Augustine College in Raleigh as they are ignored by waitresses who have taken seats behind counter at left.
  • A group of civil rights demonstrators are shown picket! before the Capitol steps,hero 3/2#The group is protesting police tactics during anti-segregation
demonstrations in the small Eastern Shore town of Princess Anne last week.
  • august 20 1973 riots united states
  • civil rights era race riots (1)-800
  • civil rights era race riots (17)-800
  • august 18 1966 race riots illinois detroit news
  • James Meredith (right) pulls himself to cover against a parker car after he was shot during his civil rights march to Jackson. Miss. Monday afternoon. Other marchers and newsmen take cover behind car at left.
  • Meredith Lies Wounded--James Meredith lies on the side of Highway 51 in his blood-stained shirt after he was shot today during his march to Jackson, Miss. Unidentified officers are Havering over his body.
  • Boston Marchers, Enroute to Washington, Eat in Baltimore
L. to r., T. McKay, J. Scott, Boston; Fr. Lafon, Leominster; L.Lan, Everett; J. Roger, Cambridge
  • Eyes On The Prize: America's Civil rights years 1954-1965, premieres with "Awakenings 1954-1956," airing Wednesday, January 21 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). Shown, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alabama, bus boycott in 1955-1956. Eyes on the Prize is produced by Blackside, Inc. and presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.
  • Pennsylvania Marchers--Western Pennsylvania civil rights demonstrators today follow sign-carrying leaders on their way to the Washington Monument headquarters of the March on Washington. In background is the Capitol. 1963
  • Singing Session--National Association for the advancement of Colored people group from Wilmington, N.C., sing in the street near the Washington Monument grounds today after their arrival to participate in the March on Washington.
  • Josef-Miet, Polish freedom fighter, carrying an anti-King banner is surrounded for his own safety by Parade Marshalls. Dr. Martin Luther King will be leading a march from Roxbury section of Boston to the common 4/23.
  • 4/20/1967 - Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights Marches
  • 1965 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Singing
"King leads the singing of We Shall Overcome after eulogizing a slain civil rights crusader, the Reverend James Reeb, Brown Chapel, Selma, Alabama. 1965 "
  • 12/10/1964 - American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
  • 1966 - Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta march together along a rural Mississippi road with the March Against Fear.
  • 1963 - Martin Luther King Being Arrested in Birmingham
  • 3/30/1965 - Teamsters Union President James R. Hoffa (left) presents a $25,000 check to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., to aid in his civil rights battle. The check, a gift of the Teamsters Union, was presented to King in the funeral home where the body of civil rights worker Mrs. Viola Liuzzo awaited funeral services.
  • 1955 - The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is shown speaking to an overflow crowd at a mass meeting at the Holt Street Baptist Church. King, leader of the mass bus boycott, was found guilty March 22, 1956 of conspiracy in the Montgomery bus boycott. He was fined $500. King said the boycott of city buses will continue "no matter how many times they convict me."


Photos Courtesy: The Museum of African American History and Culture

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