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    Press Photographs (21) of Demonstrations.
    A group of black and white photographs, various sizes, of Civil Rights demonstrations and events dating from 1960-1968. The photographs were taken at various locations throughout the United States, including Detroit, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Charlotte, Nashville, Little Rock, Washington D.C., and others. Some have press captions while others do not. Examples of photographs include:

    Rev. Ralph David Abernathy Arrested.
    8.5" x 6.5"
    Washington, D.C.; June 24, 1968

    An image of Abernathy, giving the peace sign from the window of a police vehicle, having been arrested while leading the Poor People's Campaign. Abernathy was a Christian minister and activist who had been with Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was assassinated. King and Abernathy had been friends and colleagues, and both believed in a nonviolent Civil Rights Movement. The Poor People's Campaign was a six-week protest camp on the Washington Mall, which lasted from May 12 to June 24, 1968.

    Golden Gate Bridge March.
    7.5" x 10"
    San Francisco; March 14, 1965

    A group of marchers carry a flag draped casket across the Golden Gate Bridge. A group of over 6,000 from Marin County and San Jose led a march to San Francisco to protest the denial of civil rights in Selma, Alabama. The coffin being carried may be meant to honor Rev. James Reeb, a white minister who had been killed three days earlier while marching with demonstrators in Selma.

    Detroit "Walk to Freedom" March.
    9" x 7"
    Detroit; June 23, 1963

    Thousands of people march through the streets of downtown Detroit to protest racial discrimination. The group was led by Martin Luther King, Jr., who gave an impassioned speech that was a precursor to his "I Have a Dream" speech. The march also commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1943 Detroit race riot.

    Morris Thomas Defies Bus Segregation.
    10" x 8"
    Tallahassee; December 27, 1956

    Tallahassee African-Americans had been boycotting the city buses due to the segregated seating practices. On December 24, 1956, a group of local reverends led a small demonstration by sitting near the front of several buses. Morris Thomas, who was home on leave from the Navy, heard about the demonstrations and staged his own quiet demonstration on the 27th. After refusing the driver's request to move to the back of the bus, Thomas rode for a few blocks before disembarking without incident. He was, at the time, one of only a handful of black people in Tallahassee who had defied the segregation law.

    There are numerous other photographs from cities across America. They depict peaceful marches and demonstrations, as well as tense and sometimes violent clashes with police and anti-integration protestors. All together, these press images provide a diverse perspective of the events that took place during this tumultuous time in our nation's history.

    Condition: Light wear and toning in places, with some small imperfections and scratches. There are some areas of minor dampstaining on a few photos. Some photographs have light pen markings. Overall, good condition.


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